UPDATE: (Oct. 25, 5:41 p.m.) The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Internal Investigation (DII) continues to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred the morning of October 21, 2022 when ISP Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) assisted the Blackhawk Area Task Force in executing a search warrant in the 600 block of North Cherry Street, Morrison, according to a news release. 

The armed suspect shot during the search warrant is 48-year-old Aaron Linke. Linke was taken to the hospital where he remained on life support until today, but was declared brain dead on October 22, 2022. The name of the second individual who suffered a gunshot wound is not being released at this time as that person is considered a witness. ISP does not provide ongoing medical updates. 

While executing the search warrant, upon entry, officers heard what they thought were gun shots from within the residence. During a search, officers encountered Linke, who was pointing a firearm at officers and an ISP officer fired at Linke.  ISP officers subsequently provided emergency medical aid to Linke and called for an ambulance, which transported Linke to an area hospital. Officers continued to search the home and in a separate room from where the officer involved shooting occurred, found a female with a gunshot wound. She was taken to an area hospital. 

The search warrant was for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession of Contraband in a Penal Institution.

In processing the scene, officers recovered several firearms.

In accordance with the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act (50 ILCS 727) and the Illinois State Police Law (20 ILCS 2605), Special Agents of the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation are investigating these events. 

This investigation is open and ongoing. ISP is currently processing evidence and conducting interviews.  Upon completion of the investigation, all evidence and facts will be submitted for review to the Whiteside County State’s Attorney’s Office. No additional information is available at this time.

EARLIER UPDATE: (October 21, 2022 – 4:06 p.m.) The Illinois State Police has issued the following release about the incident:

The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Internal Investigation (DII) is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred when ISP assisted the Blackhawk Area Task Force in executing a search warrant in the 600 block of North Cherry Street, Morrison, in the early morning hours of Friday, October 21, 2022. Upon entry, officers heard gun shots from within the residence. During a search, officers encountered the subject of the search warrant. An ISP officer fired at the armed subject, who sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to an area hospital. Officers continued to search the home and in a part of the house separate from where the officer involved shooting occurred, found a female with a gunshot wound. She was taken to an area hospital. Medical conditions are not available at this time.

The search warrant was for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession of Contraband in a Penal Institution.

The ISP officer involved is a four-year, highly trained SWAT member of the Illinois State Police.
In accordance with the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act (50 ILCS 727) and the Illinois State Police Law (20 ILCS 2605), Special Agents of the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation are investigating these events. Officers serving the search warrant were wearing cameras.

This investigation is open and ongoing. Upon completion of the investigation, all evidence and facts will be submitted for review to the Whiteside County State’s Attorney’s Office. To fulfill our commitment to integrity and transparency, additional information, including the video, will be made public, when possible, with the advice and concurrence of the State’s Attorney. No additional information is available at this time.

Illinois State Police

UPDATE: (October 21, 2022 – 12:57 p.m.)

Illinois State Police (ISP) Special Weapons Team (SWAT) executed a search warrant October 21 at approximately 5:30 a.m. in the 600 block of North Cherry Street in Morrison.

During the search, SWAT officers heard shots from within the residence and encountered a suspect with a gun. The armed suspect was shot and transported to a local area hospital. SWAT officers discovered a female subject with a gunshot wound in the residence. She was transported to an area hospital.

The ISP Division of Internal Investigations (DII) is leading the investigation. The investigation is in its preliminary stages, and no further information is available at this time.


EARLIER: Police in Morrison, Ill., announced Friday morning that the public should avoid the area in the 500 Block of North Cherry Street, Morrison, due to an ongoing police investigation.

There is no threat to the public, and more information will be posted in a news release later this morning, police said.

An area near Northside Elementary School in Morrison, Ill., is currently closed.

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office and Morrison Police Department are assisting Illinois State Police with an incident that took place in the early morning hours in Morrison, according to a Whiteside County Sheriff’s release.

There is NO active threat to the community. An area near Northside Elementary School in Morrison is currently closed while law enforcement officers from several agencies are still processing the scene, Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker said.

This will result in some temporary disruption of traffic in that area. Again, there is no active threat to the community, he said.