The Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office has removed itself from the police-involved shooting that left Demetrius Bennett dead.
The office made the announcement on Tuesday, because Deputy State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross is Bennett's second cousin. The case will now be handed over to the Illinois Appellate Court.
Bennett was shot in his home in the 1800 block of Montague Street on Thursday, November 1. Police responded to help Bennett's wife remove some items from the home at her request. Once officers were inside the home, they say Bennett grabbed a knife and refused to put it down.
He was pepper sprayed, but officers say he simply wiped the spray off of his face, put a plastic bag over his head to shield himself from more spray, and lunged at police before being shot and killed.
Four officers are on administrative leave for the incident, pending investigation.
The Winnebago County Integrity Task Force has finished its investigation into the case, but its findings have not yet been released.
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