CARBONDALE — Jackson County State's Attorney Michael Carr announced Thursday that a Carbondale Police officer's response to a shooting incident in October was fully justified under the circumstances, according to a news release from the state's attorney's office.
In the early morning hours of Oct. 21, a Carbondale Police officer was approaching Curbside Grill, 227 W. Main St., on routine patrol, and heard what sounded like gunshots. Upon arrival, the officer saw Jeremy Spivey, 28, of Marion, firing a gun in the direction of a large crowd of people. The Carbondale officer, in response to an active shooter, fired at Spivey, stopping the threat.
In a letter to Carbondale Police Chief Jeff Grubbs, Carr said, "This officer's conduct was not merely warranted. It was exemplary. His actions likely saved lives and once he began to intervene, he continued those actions under extreme personal risk that he would be shot himself. While nobody can predict how he or she would react under similar circumstances, most would only hope to have acted with as much courage as was exhibited by this officer."
Carbondale Police officers performed life-saving medical procedures on Spivey while waiting for an ambulance after the shooting, saving his life.
The release states that the criminal case involving the original shots fired remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.