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Illinois State Police: Man holds Hancock County deputy at gunpoint, shot by officer after chase

A deputy shot and killed a man who allegedly forced his way into a patrol vehicle, held an officer at gunpoint and led police on a brief chase.

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ill. — A Hancock County deputy shot and killed a man who allegedly threatened an officer and led police on a chase Wednesday, July 13.

According to the Illinois State Police, the incident began when Hancock County deputies met 31-year-old Timothy Ostrander of Muscatine while responding to the report of a suspicious person.

A state police report alleges Ostrander got in the deputy's patrol car and held the deputy at gunpoint. The deputy was then able to get out of the vehicle and fire shots at the suspect.

A second deputy responding to the scene was able to pick up the first deputy before the Ostrander took control of the squad car and fled.

This launched a brief pursuit near US Route 136 and Hancock County Road 2500 East, where the Ostrander and the officers exchanged gunfire. He was shot and later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigation into the shooting is ongoing. The officers were not injured during the altercation. No further information is available.

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