Sheriff's Deputy Cleared In Beanbag Gun Shooting

An Illinois State Police investigation has concluded that McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Zane Seipler was justified in using deadly force when he shot forty-three year old David Maxson with a shotgun firing small bean bags. The investigation found that Maxson ran towards Deputy Seipler waiving a knife. Seipler responded by firing three silver dollar sized bean bags at Maxson. The McHenry County State's Attorney's Office agreed that deadly force was was warranted. This was the first use of the bean bag weapon by McHenry County Sheriff's deputies. The bean bag weapon is typically intended for situations when less than lethal force is needed, but can be used as a lethal weapon according to police officials.