No charges for officer in shooting death of Nathaniel T. Edwards

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UPDATE: The attorney for the officer involved in the shooting death of Nathaniel T. Edwards released a statement today after his client was cleared.

“The independent investigation by the Illinois State Police and today’s findings by the
Whiteside County State’s Attorney confirm that Jonathan Cater’s actions were fully justified,”
attorney James Mertes said. “Officer Cater continues to express his sincere sympathy for the family of Nate Edwards.”

EARLIER UPDATE

The Whiteside County State’s Attorney’s Office will not be pursuing any charges against Rock Falls Police Officer Jonathan Cater in the shooting death of Nathaniel T. Edwards in January, Whiteside County State’s Attorney Terry A Costello announced Friday.

“Having reviewed the evidence submitted and the law, Officer Cater’s actions in discharging his weapon resulting in the death of Nathaniel T. Edwards is valid as self-defense,” Costello said in an 11-page report. “Considering the totality of the circumstances Officer Cater faced, he reasonably believed that his and [Rock Falls Police] Officer [Ethan] Riley’s life were in danger.”

ORIGINAL REPORT

January 27, 2018 at 9:56 a.m.

One person has died following an officer-involved shooting in Rock Falls. 

According to a Facebook post by the Rock Falls Police Department, the incident took place about 7:45 p.m. on Friday. 

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling eastbound on Dixon Ave. in Rock Falls. 

The vehicle did not stop and officers followed it to the 1300 block of Franklin St. that’s where officers were involved in an officer-involved shooting. 

According to the post, the department says based on the information received the officers acted appropriately.

The Illinois State Police Integrity Task Force is conducting an investigation. 

The post did not give additional information regarding the officers or condition of the driver but did say, “Our thoughts are with the officers involved and their families, and the family of the decedent.” 

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