Deputy stabbed, inmate shot in eastern Illinois courthouse

Updated 8/23/2019 4:16 PM

DANVILLE, Ill. -- Authorities say a sheriff's deputy shot an inmate in a holding cell of a courthouse in eastern Illinois after the inmate stabbed him several times in the face.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the incident happened Friday morning on the first floor of the county courthouse in Danville. He says both men were taken to an area hospital but there was no immediate information about their conditions.


There was no immediate information about the inmate or why he attacked the Vermilion County sheriff's deputy. The Illinois State Police are investigating because the incident involved an officer-involved shooting.

Officials say the courthouse remains open.

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