UPDATE: Officer Identified in Fatal Freeport Police Shooting

The identity of the officer involved in Tuesday

Witnesses say robbers have the same basic description.

 - News Release from the Freeport Police Dept. -


Tuesday evening at approximately 5:25pm Freeport police officers were sent to 1645 South Oak at the request of the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office to locate a subject in connection with an alleged Domestic Battery incident that they were investigating.  Based on preliminary reports, when the first officer arrived on scene he began to walk up the driveway and was confronted by a subject armed with a handgun, the officer ordered the subject, several times to drop the weapon, the subject failed to respond to the officer’s commands and fired a shot in the officer’s direction. The officer fired one round at the subject and observed the subject retreat; the officer then retreated for cover.  It was not known at that point if the subject was hit.  The location of the subject was not known and a perimeter was set up and maintained by members of the Freeport Police Department and the Stephenson County Sheriffs Office.  Officers began to secure the area around the residence and attempted to locate the subject.  Subsequently the subject was located toward the rear of the residence and EMS was summoned.  It was determined on scene that the subject was dead.  A handgun was located and recovered near the body.  The subject has been identified as 55 year old David L. Koertner of Freeport.


Per Freeport Police Department policy we have requested the Illinois State Police and their Crime Scene Investigation services to conduct an investigation.  And the Freeport Police Department will also conduct an internal administrative review of this incident to determine if proper procedures were followed.  The officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave.


The Freeport Police Department has just released the name of the officer involved in this week's fatal shooting..

Sean Patridge has been put on administrative leave while Illinois State Police investigate the incident.. Patridge has been with the department for around three years. Partridge was recently forced into a gun battle with a 55-year old David Koertner. Koertner was the domestic dispute suspect who was found shot to death on South Oak Avenue. the stephenson county coroner is still trying to determine if Koertner was killed by the officer or commited suicide.


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  • by maggie Location: Freeport on Apr 6, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    This all happened next door to my house. Funny how everyone says there was a "gun battle" yet all the neighbors only heard one shot fired...by a trigger-happy, young, inexperienced cop. I personally have had altercations with this officer, as well as other people I know. Maye we should be a little concerned with who we pay to protect us. I personally think the cop should rot in jail...and hell for that matter. I don't know how he can sleep at night. I also don't know how the media can hide and distort the fact that someone committed murder. Police officer or not, this man delivered a fatal and unneeded shot. We pay fat, blubbering idiots to shoot our family? Funny all the deaths that have happened under the Freeport police forces watchful eye. A women died in jail. A man died from a taser, (though the police chief will tell you loudly and angrily that tasers don't kill.) WAKE UP PEOPLE Shame on all of you....may God have mercy on our pitiful town.
  • by Jerry Location: Freeport on Apr 1, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    This took place with the police having to search for the suspect in my back yard, garage, basement stairway - as the suspect lived right up the street in our usually quiet neighborhood. Thank you FPD for keeping us all safe, there's so many children that play around here! My heart goes out to all involved. I'm sure this guy was a normal guy, but was pushed over the edge by the situation he was in - more will be known eventually. Please don't judge his whole life by this incident. I'm not saying he was right, but you don't have the whole story. For those judging the police action, if you were in my house and someone was in your neigborhood shooting, you'd appreciate whatever the police had to do for your safety & the safety of those you care about. Step into their shoes - I wouldn't want the job they have, and they sure don't make lots of money protecting us, but they do it anyway. Thanks to all the law enforcement agencies for coming out & risking your lives to keep us ALL safe.
  • by Anonymous Location: Rockford on Mar 31, 2010 at 04:34 PM
    I'm confused as to why the report last night said it was a 23 year old man that had been shot and killed, how do you mistake a 55 year old man for 23? Also, I don't think the officer was in the wrong. It's that man's own fault for firing at a police officer, anyone would have shot back if they had a gun if someone shot at them. Especially an officer, what was he to do, let him shoot at him then run away, armed? EDITORS NOTE: THE INITIAL INFORMATION FROM POLICE WAS 23 YEARS OLD. THE CORONERS REPORT RELEASED SAID 45 YEARS OLD. THEN THE FINAL AND ACCURATE AGE WAS RELEASED AFTER AUTOPSY AS 55 YEARS OLD. AS THE STORY IS INVESTIGATED INFORMATION CHANGES AND WE UPDATE YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN.
  • by TJ Location: Freeport on Mar 31, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    This was truly a no win situation for anyone. We have a man that has died, a family even calling the police with the initial disturbance, I'm sure that had no intention of him being shot and killed, and a police officer, who went on duty yesterday, certainly not in the mindset that he was going to work and then having to shoot and fatally injuring someone. Our officers motto is To Protect and Serve and I believe that is what this officer was doing. And for those of you that think he should have shot to wound and not kill, you are watching too many cop shows on TV. My heart goes out to the Koertner family and to the officer involved.
  • by Nyckee Location: Freeport on Mar 31, 2010 at 02:34 PM
    Wow, some people are just dumb. It is sad that something like this happened. For all we know at this point they did shoot the guy in his leg and he just bled out. The officer did not shoot-to-kill; if he had he would have shot the guy in the head. For once, I have nothing to say bad about our police deptartment.
  • by The Cold Hard Truth Location: Rockford on Mar 31, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    If we had more "sidewalk justice" handed out around here maybe we wouldn't have all the problems with violence that we do now. Job well done gentlemen.
  • by michael Location: rockford on Mar 31, 2010 at 12:59 PM
    Tell me polly are you deaf,or are you just that dumb. what is a wound shot? They don't teach that at the police academy. What they do teach you is to eleminate the threat!! got that? if he was a threat to himself or others around him namely the police officer then yes he got what he deserved. if he was a neighbor of yours and he strated to fire shots at you cause he was deranged i doubt you wound shot to WOUND. I just hope that the cop is alright and that he put this less of a human being in the crosshairs and just as he pulled the triger he had a good notion that he saving lifes. If you don't like the way things go in life lady then i sugest you pick up a weapon and stand post, other wise I would perfer you just said thank you!!!!
  • by Shannon Location: Roscoe on Mar 31, 2010 at 12:55 PM
    While it's unfortunate that a man was killed, why would anyone judge the police on this matter until they know all the facts. Remember, these are the same people who put their lives on the line day in and day out to protect us, just as the people overseas are doing for our country. I highly doubt, Polly, that police officers or those deployed overseas get pleasure out of taking someone's life. You are a sick person to say such a thing. Anyone who has half a brain knows the laws and should obide by them. A person who pulls a gun and fires at a police officer has 'willingly' made the choice to do so fully knowing what the repercussions may be. The man who was fatally wounded knew what the outcome may be and unforunately, he paid with his life. The police office did the job he was trained to do and go forbid if I ever had to step in their shoes. Instead of putting the police officer down you should be thanking him for protecting us everday.
  • by Erin Location: Belvidere, IL on Mar 31, 2010 at 12:36 PM
    Brandon...you need to learn how to spell and think before you type. My 6 yr old can do better than that. Polly...you are just stupid. My husband is a police officer and I can tell you that they don't wake up everyday and go to work hoping to kill someone. If someone was shooting at you, wouldn't you shoot back to kill? Maybe you deserve a bullet in the head for being so stupid. That jerk deserved to die for shooting first. Simple as that. Get over it and find something else to do with your time.
  • by Elvis Hoffa Location: Rockford on Mar 31, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    Sending one officer to a domestic battery call is indicative of dubious judgement...for starters.
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