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Suspect Killed After Stabbing East Peoria Police Officer

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UPDATE 4:15 PM: A Peoria man was the suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting in East Peoria early Tuesday morning.Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley says 19-year-old Joshua A. Crites was the man fatally shot by an East Peoria officer.

Police say Crites was involved in a prior domestic violence incident. He reportedly stabbed the East Peoria officer several times before he was fired upon. The officer is in stable condition.

Hanley says Crites died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The Illinois State Police are handling the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

ORIGINAL: A domestic violence suspect was shot and killed early Tuesday after reportedly stabbing an East Peoria police officer outside a drug store.

The Illinois State Police are investigating the incident that occurred around 1 a.m. in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on Washington Street and Farmdale Road. The officer is currently hospitalized in stable condition, while the unidentified suspect died at the scene.   

According to ISP public information officer Jayme Bufford, preliminary information indicates the officer was responding to a domestic violence call and stopped a vehicle matching the description of one that reportedly fled the initial scene.

The ISP said the suspect stabbed the officer multiple times during the traffic stop, and the officer shot the suspect.

An adult woman and a female juvenile were taken to an area hospital in connection with the original domestic violence incident.

The ISP statement indicated more information would be released later Tuesday.

WCBU News Director Tim Shelley contributed to this report.

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