Officer Involved Shooting 7-19-18
On July 9th, 2018 Detectives issued a message to all Officers that probable cause existed for the arrest of Luis Cruz in connection to a shooting that occurred on June 21st, 2018 in the 2700 block of N.E. Madison (18-13798). The arrest message (10-49 message) was for Aggravated Battery with a firearm, Aggravated Discharge of a firearm, and Aggravated Assault. Mr. Cruz also had an active arrest message for Domestic Battery that occurred on May 28th, 2018 (18-11512).
On July 19th, 2018 Peoria Police Officers received information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Cruz. Officers acted on this information and located the vehicle occupied by Mr. Cruz. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle at Western and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The driver proceeded to drive approximately 2 blocks before pulling to the curb on Blaine between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Widenham. As the vehicle was coming to a stop, Cruz exited the vehicle and fled on foot armed with a handgun. During the foot pursuit, an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) occurred. The Illinois State Police was immediately contacted and began investigating the incident.
After a complete and thorough investigation by the Illinois State Police and a review of the investigation by States Attorney Jerry Brady, Mr. Brady determined that Officer Ryan Isonhart was justified in the use of deadly force.
I trust and respect the process, and the law. During the process, I was confident that Officer Isonhart acted legally, responsibly, and professionally. Peoria Police Officers are trained to respond to a variety of situations, some of which may put their lives, or lives of others, in jeopardy such as this incident. Officer Isonhart acted in accordance with the law and his training. Officer Isonhart will return to full duty.
Loren Marion III
Chief of Police
Peoria Police Department