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Use of force by officers in Lena bank robbery shooting justified

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LENA (WREX) — The investigation of the use of force following an attempted bank robbery in Lena earlier this year has been completed.

The incident happened at Citizens State Bank in Lena in April. David Determan, 52, of Lena, entered the bank with a gun.

Determan was seen firing his weapon into the air when a Stephenson County Sheriff Deputy arrived on scene, according to ISP.

Police say Determan spoke with officers and the Stephenson County Sheriff's Office Negotiator while holding his weapon.

State police say Determan raised his weapon in the direction of the officers.

That's when officers fired at Determan, according to ISP. Determan was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The Stephenson County States Attorney, Carl Larson, determined that the use of force by the involved officers was justified by Illinois statute, 720 ILCS 5/7-1(a), which states deadly us of force is "necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or another, or in the commission of a forcible felony."

Larson says Determan had written apology letters to his family and friends prior to entering the bank with a gun. Responding officers heard Determan make numerous statements that lead them to believe that Determan intended to provoke the police into shooting him, according to Larson.

Larson says under the totality of the circumstances, it could have been reasonably concluded the Determan would have continued to shoot at officers until he shot one or more of them or they shot him.

Any additional information on this investigation will be released by the Stephenson County State's Attorney's Office.

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