Officers who shot and killed a Bloomington man will not face charges

By WEEK Reporter

April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 7:31 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers announced Tuesday that police officers who fatally shot a Bloomington man in March will not face charges.

Police responded to a residence in Bloomington on March 13 and encountered Stephen Bethea, 53, who was wielding a revolver.

Two officers told Bethea to put the weapon down. Bethea pointed it at the officers and they responded by firing upon him.

Bethea died from his injuries. An investigation by the Illinois State Police into the incident showed that the weapon was loaded and ready to fire.

A release from the State's Attorney's office says that based on the circumstances of the incident, no charges will be pursued against the officers.

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