By Kathleen A. Schultz
STERLING, Ill. — A teenage boy is dead after what investigators say was an accidental shooting at the home of an Illinois State Police trooper, the ISP confirmed at 9 tonight.
According to a verbal statement provided by Lt. Victor Markowski, interim commander for Zone 2 investigations:
"Illinois State Police officials are confirming that an accidental shooting occurred in District 1 at the residence of an ISP trooper at approximately 11:40 a.m. today (Saturday).
"Based on preliminary investigative details, the accidental shooting incident involved two male teenagers. One of the male teenagers unrelated to the trooper's family suffered a fatal gunshot wound.
"The matter remains under investigation and no further information is available at this time."
Markowski declined to provide any further details, including the age of the boys, where the boy was shot or the town in which the shooting occurred.
He did say that despite the apparent involvement of an ISP officer, "we are treating this matter as we would any investigation."
Markowski could not say if any further information would be released before Monday.
District 1, headquartered in Sterling, serves Whiteside, Lee, Ogle and Carroll counties. Zone 2, headquartered in Rockford, handles patrol and other ISP issues in those four counties and eight others.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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