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Police: Man who fled to Geneseo after firing at deputies was shot and killed during standoff

A man who police say fired a shot at deputies in Atkinson, Illinois has died in an officer-involved shooting that happened during a standoff in Geneseo, Illinois.
Credit: Geneseo Police Department

GENESEO, Ill. — A man who police say fired a shot at deputies in Atkinson, Illinois has died in an officer-involved shooting that happened during a standoff in Geneseo, Illinois.

Jeffery Ryan Blunk, age 30, was shot and killed by a task force member with the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, according to Chris Endress with the Illinois State Police Department's Division of Criminal Investigation. 

Henry County Sheriff's deputies tried to stop Blunk in Atkinson, Illinois around 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22, according to a statement from Deputy Chief Gene Karzin from the Geneseo Police Department.  Blunk "fired a shot from a shotgun at deputies," and then fled on foot.

As a manhunt ensued, Blunk was spotted in Geneseo, which is about 10 miles west of Atkinson.

Endress said at 9:54 a.m., Blunk was found armed with a shotgun at US Highway 6 and Dilenbeck Drive in Geneseo.  Officers there took cover and began negotiations.  After about 90 minutes of negotiations, Blunk was shot and killed.

Blunk was wanted for aggravated discharge of a firearm, attempted murder of a police officer, home invasion, aggravated kidnapping and felony warrants, said Endress. 

The Illinois State Police will be handling the investigation going forward.

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Original: A heavy police presence kicked up on West Main Street in Geneseo. 

Police surrounded a white truck near Dilenbeck Drive, just near the town's limits. 

The Henry County Sheriff's Office posted on their Facebook page asking people to "steer clear of Route 6..." near Dilenbeck Drive in Geneseo.  "Police are working a barricaded suspect."

Earlier in the day Deputy Chief Gene Karzin from the Geneseo Police Department said they were working with several other agencies to find a man who police say fired at deputies during a traffic stop in Atkinson. The man then fled on foot and was last seen in Geneseo.