ROCK FALLS — An Ohio man is dead and an Illinois state trooper was injured Friday during a traffic stop on eastbound Interstate 88 near the exit for U.S. Route 30, an Illinois Department of Natural Resources official said.
At 10:44 a.m., a state conservation officer assisted a man, identified Saturday by Illinois State Police as Shane David Cataline, 30, of Toledo, driving a minivan with Ohio plates at Burns and Albany roads in Whiteside County, said Robert Frazier, Region 1 commander for the IDNR’s conservation police. Afterward, Cataline called 911, making statements that prompted officers to check on him again.
The van later was spotted heading east on Interstate 88, just west of Route 30, Commander Frazier said.
Because of conflicting statements made by IDNR officials, it is unclear whether the trooper and the conservation officer pulled Cataline over together or whether the conservation officer responded to a call for officer assistance.
During the traffic stop, Frazier said, Cataline pulled an abrupt U-turn, pinning the state trooper between his van and the trooper’s squad car.
With the trooper pinned, the conservation officer shot Cataline, Frazier said.
Officers from around the area showed up in response. A coroner and chaplain also were called. Whiteside County State’s Attorney Trish Joyce was on hand.
Cataline was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both officers were taken to a hospital, where they were treated and released.
They were both placed on temporary administrative leave, as is standard procedure.
The Illinois State Police are handling the investigation.
Late Friday afternoon, IDNR officials held a news conference, where they delivered a statement.
They took no questions and declined to identify the officers or the minivan driver. They also wouldn’t say whether the driver was armed.