LACON - A lawsuit has been filed by the family of a Lacon man killed in April by a Marshall County deputy.
Scott Sheets Jr., 23, was shot by the officer April 29 after police responded to reports that Sheets was suicidal and left home with a knife.
Peoria attorney Daniel Cusack said in the lawsuit that the Illinois State Police are violating the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to release evidence from the scene where Sheets died. He has asked for photos of the crime scene and audio- and videotapes but police have declined the request, saying the case is still under investigation.
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Family members contend that a stun gun could have been used by police to halt Sheets' behavior.
At the time of the shooting, police said Sheets was wielding a knife and lunged at the officer.
Sheets' father, Scott Sheets, said his son moved forward but did not threaten police. He also said his son was not taking prescribed medications at the time of the incident.
State police officials have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit.