UPDATE: Man Shot By Police Identified

Apr 6, 2015

Illinois State Police have released the name of the man killed in a standoff with police Thursday in southern Illinois.

Investigators say 63-year old Donald J. Hicks was killed after he pointed a gun at police during a standoff in rural Massac County.

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State Police are investigating after a Metropolis Police Officer shot and killed a man during an incident Thursday afternoon. 

Police say the Massac County Sheriff's office was called just after noon for a welfare check on a possibly suicidal subject in a rural part of the county. Officers went to the home, but were unable to find the subject.

About an hour later, the Sheriff's Department received a call reporting a man with a gun at the Pell Cemetery in Massac County. Police located the man in his truck, and tried to pull him over, but he refused to stop.
Police used "stop sticks," and a standoff began near the intersection of Route 145 and Waldo Church Road.

The man, armed with a handgun, was told to surrender, but refused. Police used Tasers, but when those didn't work, they say the man pointed his gun at them and a Metropolis Officer shot him, killing him.

Investigators are still looking into the incident, and names are not being released yet. Anyone with information is asked to call Illinois State Police.