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Second Cop Charged in Illinois

October 19, 2000

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) _ A second police officer faces charges in connection with the slaying of a mentally disabled man who was shot after he drove away from a gas station without paying.

Officer Jason L. Edmunds, 25, was charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail.

In August, officer Jeffrey Gabor was charged with murder in the July 24 death of Shannon Smith. Gabor, 23, has pleaded innocent.

Smith, 27, was chased by police after he drove away from a gas station in Chenoa, about 25 miles from Bloomington, without paying for $15.05 worth of gas.

Witnesses said officers boxed his vehicle in on Interstate 55 with their cars, then fired repeatedly into his back.

Police Chief Spencer Johansen said Edmunds shot at the tires of Smith’s car because Smith was trying to run him over.

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