Man charged with trying to kill southern Illinois deputy

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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer after allegedly shooting a sheriff's deputy who was saved by his body armor.

Lawrence County State's Attorney Chris Quick filed the charge Tuesday against 55-year-old Keith McKinney of Lawrenceville.

Investigators say McKinney fired a gunshot that struck Lawrence County Deputy Kyle Gilmore in the chest after the officer made a traffic stop Monday. The Evansville Courier & Press reports Gilmore's body armor stopped the bullet, and the deputy returned fire, striking McKinney in the leg.

McKinney was taken to a hospital in Evansville, Indiana, where he underwent surgery for his injuries. He remains hospitalized under police guard. It's unclear whether he has an attorney who might comment on his behalf.


Information from: Evansville Courier & Press,