Suspect Who Died in Officer Involved Shooting Identified

Illinois State Police held a news conference on Monday, May 24 on an officer-involved shooting in Red Bud, Illinois. The news conference was at 2 p.m. in Chester. Officials say the chase started after midnight when a motorcycle was speeding near Ellis Grove. An deputy attempted to pull the motorcycle over, but it didn’t stop. Walker said the motorcycle was later seen going around 90 miles per hour. The deputy ended the chase at that time. For nearly an hour, various police officers and deputies spotted the motorcycle, still speeding, going back and forth on Route 3 between Chester and Red Bud. Dispatch also received multiple calls reporting a motorcycle speeding The suspect, identified as Timothy J. Snyder, from St. Charles, was followed out of Red Bud by two police officers when he turned around and drove toward them. The officers were identified as Luke Horrell and Michael Collins. Officials say he motorcycle ended up in a ditch, stuck in the mud. This was at the intersection of Illinois Route 3 and Clarence Drive. At around 1:38 a.m. on Sunday, May 23, the two Red Bud police officers tried to arrest Snyder. He resisted arrest and Officer Horrell deployed his taser. Officials say Snyder then pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Collins in the leg.  Officials say Horrell ordered Snyder to drop his weapon. When he didn’t, Walker said the officer fired his weapon, hitting and killing him. The injured officer was taken to a St. Louis-area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and later discharged. Officials say a search of Snyder’s items turned up a large quantity of methamphetamine, baggies, scales and various power tools in a backpack. Officials say the motorcycle was reported stolen out of St. Louis. The last registered owner was from O’Fallon, Illinois. They say the ignition had been, what they referred to as “punched,” which allowed him to drive it.

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