Man Shot After Hitting Cop with Car
Whiteside County, IL - Illinois State Police have just released dash cam video from an officer-involved shooting on Interstate 88. It happened back in November. One man was killed. We learned last month , no charges would be filed against the Illinois Conservation Officer who fired his weapon. And this video shows some of the evidence used to make that decision. It starts recording before Illinois State Trooper Luke Kuehl is fully stopped, stopping Shane Cataline in the van you see on your screen for the second time that day. A second welfare check of the Ohio man in just half an hour. Trooper Kuehl approaches, joined by Conservation Officer Steve Francisko. Kuehl says, through the window, "You made a 9-1-1 call to our District 7 headquarters down in East Moline. We want to talk to you about that a little bit." The two ask Cataline to get out of the van twice. "Turn the car off and hand the keys over." He does not cooperate, keeping the van in drive as officers ask a second and third time. Kuehl says, "Turn the car off." His mic picks up Francisko, who says, "Turn the car off now." Kuehl again says, "and hand the keys over okay?" Instead, Cataline backs up. Kuehl loses his grip on the driver's door and is flung into traffic. Tires squeal. Francisko waves his arms to let oncoming traffic know about the wrong way driver, later saying Cataline "turned the wheel all the way to the left, and he floored it." We lose video for a moment, but when it comes back, it all takes just seconds. Police say Cataline drove his van straight at Kuehl, ramming his 54-hundred pound van into the trooper's squad, pinning him between the two. With the van's engine revving, tires smoking and his fellow officer immobilized, Fracisko jumps on the hood of the squad and fires. He shoots five rounds through the van's window, killing Cataline, stopping the van's acceleration, so he is able to get to Kuehl. Francisko gets him to safety, calls for help and turns off the van. Moments later, telling the trooper "I thought you were getting killed. I had to shoot him." Kuehl responds " I know it, I thought I was gonna die, too." The County Attorney's office ruled Conservation Police Officer Steve Francisko's actions were justified. He has since returned to work. Trooper Luke Keuhl has also recovered, and is back on the job.