A routine traffic stop goes terribly wrong in Whiteside County, Illinois.
It ended with a driver shot and killed by a conservation officer.
Law Enforcement say it's situation like this, that puts the dangers of the job, front and center.
First, the conservation officer responded to a back up call by an Illinois State Trooper, after finding a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road.
The officers pulled him over a second time after the driver from Ohio called 911.
"At that time the driver made an abrupt u–turn striking and pinning the trooper against his squad car. The driver continued to accelerate pinning the trooper, " said IL DNR Captain Robert Frazier.
The scene happened near mile marker 35 on Interstate 88 around 11:00AM, Friday.
DNR told CBS 4 the traffic stop ended with deadly force.
"The conservation officer discharged his weapon. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene."
It's situations like this one Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd said officers are sometimes forced to make split second decisions, "That vehicle was potentially used as a deadly weapon, and at that point you have the right to use the amount of force when you fear for your life, or the lives of others."
Sheriff Boyd said the area in which the driver was pulled over also comes into play.
"In the case of an interstate, it makes it a little more difficult because there's a lot of traffic moving."
And he said officers are trained to assess the situation, but adds each situation is different.
"Anytime when you have a situation where someone is hurt or someone is killed, it's a reminder you always have to be vigilant with what you're doing."
Both officers were taken to the hospital, treated and released.
They are on administrative leave, while an investigation is being done by Illinois State Police.
The identity of the Ohio driver has not been released.
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Illinois State Police confirm a man was shot to death by an Illinois Conservation officer Friday. The incident happened on Interstate-88 near Rock Falls.
The officer has been placed on temporary paid administrative leave.
Traffic on I-88 is still backed up as the investigation continues.
(AP) State officials said an Illinois conservation officer shot someone in northern Illinois who was being pulled over by an Illinois State Police trooper.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris McCloud said the incident happened Friday near Sterling. McCloud said a trooper stopped a vehicle near Interstate 88. He says the conservation officer responded to the scene after the trooper called for assistance.
McCloud said the driver of the stopped car "aggressively'' pinned the state trooper. In response the conservation officer shot the driver. The driver's condition was not immediately available. McCloud said the officer has been placed on temporary paid administrative leave.
Illinois State Police are investigating. They said the trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries.
There has been an officer involved shooting along I-88 in Whiteside County.
It happened Friday morning along eastbound I-88 near mile marker 35.
Eastbound traffic is shut down in the area.
We have a reporter on scene and will bring you more details as we learn more.
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