DeKalb cop cleared in deadly 2021 shooting


DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) — A DeKalb police officer is cleared of any wrongdoing related to a fatal shooting more than six months ago.

In the early morning hours of October 25, 2021, DeKalb Police responded to a domestic disturbance on Tilton Park Drive. A woman claimed Kristopher Kramer, 33, was drinking, armed with a samurai sword and threatening her. She also told investigators he was a danger to himself and had self-inflicted injuries to his wrist.

As officers tried to speak with Kramer, they say he grabbed a large, sharp weapon and walked towards them. They shouted several warnings and even used a taser and a beanbag projectile to try to stop him. It was then that Officer Brian Bollow fired his gun, hitting Kramer in the upper torso. Kramer was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

Illinois State Police investigated the shooting and sent their report to DeKalb County State’s Attorney Rick Amato. He decided that criminal charges were not warranted and that Constable Bollow was justified in his use of deadly force.

An internal DeKalb Police Department investigation came to the same conclusion.

The DeKalb Police Department released video of the October 2021 shooting. A warning to viewers, the video is graphic and contains imagery and language that some may find disturbing.

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