SHOOTING DEATH IN NEWTON
NEWTON—We’ve been advised there’s been a shooting death in the city of Newton in Jasper County.
Here’s a press release we’ve just been sent:
On Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 4:02pm, the Newton Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, the Jasper County Ambulance Service responded to the intersection of Maple and Washington Streets in Newton for a gunshot victim. Upon arrival of officers and Paramedics, the Jasper County Coroner’s Office was alerted, who pronounced the individual deceased on scene. Newton Police Officer Adam Deckard took an individual into custody shortly after arrival, who has been transported to the Jasper County Jail. Illinois State Police Investigations Zone 7 is enroute to the location. More information will be made available later by Chief Mike Swick.
Note that it’s apparently not a self-inflicted gunshot as someone is in custody…however, it’s not being termed a homicide yet.
There is every possibility that it IS a suicide and that a witness was taken into custody.
Below are some photos from our guy on the scene.
As soon as we know more, we’ll get it to you. Keep checking back.
(And a lil update for the TV station, WTWO or whatever: This information came from law enforcement. We’re sorry you didn’t get it before we did. We realize there may not be a “suspect in custody,” but we realized that from the outset; I’m sure that’s why they worded it as they did, and we haven’t been told any different yet. None of this is “speculation”—it’s straight from law enforcement. So out of respect for the family, we’re not going to use this forum to tell you what you can do with your opinions of our post. But we will tell you that if you don’t like it, DON’T READ IT. As well, the post STANDS until we hear otherwise, which may mean until morning when we can get hold of Ed. Until then, try not to be too hard on yourselves. TV isn’t about intellect, after all. It’s about those hypnotic 60 hertz. You keep doing your thing, we’ll keep doing ours.)
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