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State’s Attorney: Property owner who shot man in self-defense identified as local public defender

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UPDATE 4:45 p.m. - The Tazewell County State's Attorney, Stu Umholtz, confirmed that the man who fired the fatal shots in this case, is also the Tazewell County Public Defender.

According to police, Luke Taylor, shot at 41-year-old Daniel L. Williamson after he charged at Taylor and bit his face and head. Police said the shots were fired in self-defense.

We reached out to Sheriff Jeffrey Lower to ask if the two men knew each other, but we have not heard back.


UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: Tazewell County Coroner, Charles Hanley, released the name of the man shot and killed on a Delavan man's property.

Hanley identified him as 41-year-old Daniel L. Williamson of rural San Jose.

Hanley said he was pronounced dead around 10:10 p.m.


DELAVAN (WEEK) - The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man who shot and killed someone on his property Thursday night.

Sheriff Jeffrey Lower identified the homeowner as Luke Taylor, 54. Lower said the name of the person shot and killed will be released by the county coroner later.

The shooting happened about ten minutes after 8:00 p.m. Thursday night when police said they were called to the rural home on Boynton Rd.

Police said Taylor told them he heard someone yelling outside and went to see what it was. When he came outside, Taylor reportedly encountered a man who was yelling.

Police said their investigation revealed the yelling man threatened Taylor and bit him on the face and head. That's when police said Taylor shot the man in self-defense.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. This case is still under investigation.

This story will be updated.

Molly Jirasek

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