Charges filed in officer-involved shooting in Edwardsville

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Jay Hanks.

EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged a 42-year-old Edwardsville man in connection with an officer-involved shooting.

According to prosecutors, seven police officers from different jurisdictions went to the home of Jay Hanks in the 300 block of South Fillmore Avenue around 7:30 a.m. on April 15 to serve a search warrant.

Law enforcement had received information that an IP address at the home transmitted child pornography.

Officers made contact with Hanks, who then displayed a handgun. They attempted to subdue Hanks and wrestle the gun away from him. A sheriff’s deputy fired a single shot during the struggle, striking an Edwardsville police officer in the hand and Hanks in the face.

Both Hanks and the police officer were taken to local hospitals and have since been released.

Hanks was charged with four counts of child pornography possession, seven counts of aggravated assault, and one count of armed violence. If convicted, Hanks faces six to 30 years in prison on each child pornography charge, one to three years on each assault charge, and 15 to 30 years on the armed violence charge.

Hanks is in custody at Madison County Jail on $1.2 million bond.

Meanwhile, the Illinois State Police is investigating the deputy’s actions in the shooting.