ALTON, Ill. (KSDK) – A man was shot by police Tuesday afternoon in Alton, Ill.
Emily Hejna, a spokesperson for the Alton Police Department, says they received a call about a suspicious man holding a gun near McClure Avenue and Harriet Street at 4:14 p.m.
When officers arrived on the scene, they ordered the man several times to put his hands up and get on the ground, but the suspect instead reached for his waist band, where he was holding his gun. The suspect was then shot by an officer.
Hejna says the suspect was taken to Alton Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Saint Louis University Hospital for treatment. He is listed in critical condition.
No police officers were injured in the incident.
According to Hejna, the initial investigation has revealed the suspect's weapon to be an airsoft gun that looks identical to a Glock semi-automatic handgun carried by Alton police officers.
Hejna says the department is working with Illinois State Police while they conduct "an independent, unbiased investigation of this incident."