“We did conduct an autopsy today, and it was found that he had died as a result of a gunshot wound,” said Stephenson County Coroner Tim Leamon, after conducting an autopsy on 41 year old Troy Boyle of Pearl City, who was killed during an officer involved shooting in Stockton Wednesday.
The incident unfolded in Stockton when police were called by a neighbor reporting a suspicious vehicle in the area. A witness reportedly saw Boyle setting his car on fire.
“Upon their arrival, they encountered several subjects, and during their encounter an armed confrontation arose which resulted in shots being fired by police,” said Chief Tom Sheehan of the Stockton Police Wednesday.
That’s when Boyle was shot and killed. “He was transported to Freeport Memorial Hospital, from Stockton Illinois, at 1:10 p.m. He was pronounced dead by the emergency room staff,” said Leamon.
Illinois State Police say the shooting occurred while an officer was attempting to take another man into custody. Investigators say they are not releasing any further details, saying they still have witnesses to interview. The coroner says blood samples from Boyle are being tested.
“We are sending off for a toxicology test to be performed to find out if any drugs or anything may have influenced the situation, but at this time we do not know,” Leamon added.
Troy Boyle does have a criminal history, and is a registered sex offender. The Stockton officer involved in the shooting has been put on administrative leave. Once the investigation is completed by Illinois State Police, the case will be handed over to the Jo Daviess County State’s Attorney for further review.