UPDATE: Officer Identified in Fatal Freeport Police Shooting

The identity of the officer involved in Tuesday

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 - 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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