POPLAR GROVE - A pair of Boone County Sheriff's Deputies under investigation for shooting and killing a suspect are cleared.
The incident happened Aug. 11 at 336 Springmeadow Drive. Deputies were called to the scene after reports of gun shots being fired from inside the house. The shooter, 44 year-old Russell Donahue, had shot into the home several times and forcibly entered by climbing through a broken window.
According to Boone Co. State's Attorney, Michelle Courier, Donahue located two girls and their mother hiding in a second floor bedroom. He then threatened to kill the mother. Donahue forced the woman out of the closet and onto the stairway. During this time, a seven year-old girl kicked Donahue in an attempt to shield her mother from being shot. Donahue lost his balance and came into view of deputies David Mordt and Austin Scmitt, who then opened fire, killing him.
A joint investigation of the Winnebago and Boone Integrity Task Force determined the deputies' actions were "lawful, reasonable, and justified."
"There is no doubt the deputies acted reasonably in firing their weapons in this circumstance" says Courier. "The deputies were faced with having to use force necessary to protect the mom and her little girl."