PEORIA — The mother of a man shot and killed last spring by a Tazewell County deputy is suing the county and the city of Mackinaw, alleging the officers who responded weren’t properly trained to deal with a mentally ill person.
“Mrs. Brown and her family feel strongly that if properly trained officers had responded to her call for help, her son would still be alive,” said Shawn Barnett, one of the attorneys on the case. “The family is also urging the Tazewell Sheriff’s office to implement a Crisis Intervention Training program to prevent future incidents like the one that cost Matthew his life.”
Matthew G. Brown, 18, died on April 20, 2018, after being shot by Tazewell County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Eccles, the lawsuit alleges. Deputies were sent to Brown’s home at 34368 Illinois 9, about three miles east of Mackinaw, about 9:30 a.m. after a 911 call reporting a man armed with an ax and a knife was trying to break into a gun cabinet, then-Sheriff Robert Huston said in a news release issued at the time of the incident.
Authorities said later that Brown lived at the house.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Peoria on Tuesday, names Eccles, the county, the city of Mackinaw, the sheriff’s office, current Sheriff Jeff Lower and Mackinaw Police Officer William Dorn as well as Deputy Randy Davis.
In the lawsuit, Susan Brown, Matthew Brown's mother, claims that her son was no threat to the officers and was shot while he was complying with their orders.
At the time, officials said Brown had pointed a weapon at them and that shots were fired in self-defense. The coroner said Brown was shot five times.