ROCK FALLS – Friday will mark the second week since a state conservation officer shot and killed an Ohio man on Interstate 88 during a traffic-stop-turned-confrontation. And officials still are withholding the name of the officer involved.
State Police Capt. James Winters said his department is deferring to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the release of the name.
“It’s up to the Department of [Natural Resources] if they want to release their officer’s name,” Winters said. “We’re conducting the investigation, but it’s really up to them if they want to release their officer’s name.”
Robert Frazier, Region 1 commander for the IDNR’s conservation police, said his agency hasn’t released the name, because the shooting is still under investigation by state police.
“I’m not authorized to release [the name] right now,” Frazier said. “But I would say, at some point in time, I probably will.”
On the morning of Nov. 22, a state conservation officer assisted a man, identified later as Shane David Cataline, 30, of Toledo, Ohio, who was driving a minivan with Ohio plates at Burns and Albany roads in Whiteside County, authorities said.
Later, Cataline called 911, making statements that prompted officers to check on him again.
His van was spotted heading east on Interstate 88, west of Route 30, authorities said. At that point, a state trooper conducted a traffic stop that ended with him pinned between his squad car and Cataline’s minivan.
With the trooper pinned, Frazier said, the conservation officer shot Cataline, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both officers were placed on temporary administrative leave after the shooting.