Bloomington police officer shoots and kills suspect

By WEEK Reporter

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- An investigation is underway after a Bloomington man was fatally shot by Bloomington police.

Officers responded to a Domestic Disturbance call at 8 Melrose Court at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

There they were confronted by Stephen Bethea, 53, wielding a revolver.

An officer then fired and struck Bethea.

He was taken to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center where he later died of multiple gun shot wounds.

"I'm not sure of the instance, the involvement, or what really happened. But our officers did feel they had to fire on the subject and he was struck," said Bloomington Police Officer, David White.

"My mom had just told me that there had been shots in the neighborhood, and then my dad texted me and said it was a friend of mine. When he texted me that, I was in disbelief. I didn't see it coming, and didn't know anything like that was going on," said Conner Laffey, a family friend.

The incident is being investigated by Illinois State Police, along with the McLean County State's Attorney and Coroner.

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