By Jim Hagerty
A traffic stop on I-88 near Sterling, Ill., turned deadly Friday, Nov. 22, when the driver of a minivan pinned a state trooper against his car before being shot and killed by an Illinois conservation officer.
Around 11 a.m., the trooper stopped the van to check on the driver’s well-being. The trooper made the stop when he learned the driver made a 911 call after being pulled over in rural Whiteside County approximately 15 minutes earlier.
“The driver made statements that prompted law enforcement to conduct a second welfare check,” IDNR Capt. Robert Frazier said during a press conference.
During the second stop, the driver became agitated and began screaming at the trooper, prompting him to radio for backup. Within minutes, an IDNR officer, who stopped the driver earlier near Burns and Albany roads in Whiteside County, arrived at the scene.
After the conservation officer arrived, the driver made a sudden U-turn, pinned the trooper against his squad car and continued to accelerate. The officer then discharged his weapon, hitting the driver. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both officers were transported to a hospital and treated for minor injuries. Their names have not been released.
The driver has been identified as 30-year-old Shane David Cataline, of Toledo, Ohio.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the decedent’s family, the Illinois trooper and his family and our conservation officer and his family,” Frazier said.
The conservation officer has been placed on paid administrative leave. The case remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.
Meantime, eastbound lanes on I-88 near Mile Marker 26 remained closed through Friday afternoon. All lanes were open as of 6 p.m., police said.