Nerheim Second Statement about Waukegan Officer Involved Shooting

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Lake County State's Attorneys Office



October 23, 2020

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lee Filas
(847) 377-3141 – office
(847) 707-6479 – cell

Lake County State's Attorney releases new statement regarding Waukegan Officer Involved shooting

(Lake County, IL) Attached is a statement from Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim about the investigation into the officer involved shooting in Waukegan on Oct. 20:

As has been previously reported, the Waukegan Police Department has called in the Illinois State Police to conduct an independent investigation into the officer involved shooting that took place on Tuesday, October 20. On Wednesday, October 21, I contacted the U.S. Department of Justice to request they review the circumstances surrounding this incident.  I have been advised that they have agreed to do so.     

I am confident in the work being done by the Illinois State Police and welcome the assistance of the FBI. As I have said before, once the investigation is concluded, all the evidence will be reviewed and a final decision will be made with respect to any potential charges.  Having all available resources and as many independent fresh eyes as possible is critical to this process. 

If state charges are approved, the court process will begin, which will be open to the public. If state charges are not approved, a detailed statement will be provided explaining the facts, applicable laws, and basis for the decision. At that time, my office’s case file will also be made available to the public on the state's attorney's office website at

I continue to urge calm as we undertake this process and pledge complete transparency.  Once again our condolences continue to go out to the families and friends of Marcellis Stinnette and our prayers for a speedy recovery go out to the woman wounded in this unfortunate situation.  


Lake County State's Attorney's Office 18 N. County Street Waukegan, IL 60085  Phone: (847) 377-3000