An investigation has been opened and a Brighton man is dead after attempting to attack police officers with a knife in an incident that happened Thursday evening, April 1, in the 100 block of North Street in Brighton.
Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigations announced on Friday they are leading the investigation into the incident after being requested by Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl. The Macoupin County Coroner’s Office will be assisting in the investigation.
James Iler, 47 of Brighton, died at the scene after being shot twice by police when he attempted attacking an officer with a knife. Officers administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene but were not successful. He was pronounced deceased at 9:44 p.m. by Macoupin County Coroner Anthony Kravanya.
Police said Iler called police and made an alarming statement before Brighton Police Department and the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence around 7 p.m. to check on Iler’s well-being.
Three county deputies and one Brighton officer responded to the scene where they talked to Iler for approximately 50 minutes. During the conversation is when police said Iler charged a county deputy with a knife. No officers were injured during the incident.
An autopsy was conducted on Friday, April 2. Funeral arrangements for Iler will be handed by Anderson Family Funeral Home in Brighton.