STOCKTON — The Pearl City man shot and killed by a Stockton Police officer Wednesday was a longtime drug dealer with convictions in Jo Daviess, Carroll and Whiteside counties, and a registered sex offender in Florida and Illinois.
Troy J. Boyle, 41, was shot shortly after noon at the intersection of West Front Avenue and Blackhawk Drive in Jo Daviess County, ISP said in a news release.
State police would not confirm media reports that Boyle fired at the officer.
He was pronounced dead at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, the Stephenson County coroner said in a news release. An autopsy was done Thursday; toxicology results will take a a few weeks.
The Stockton officer's body camera was out of service; video from various squad cars is being reviewed, and witnesses are being questioned, the ISP release said.
As is procedure, the officer is on administrative leave. The results of the investigation will be given to the Jo Daviess County state's attorney's office, which will determine if charges are warranted.
According to the ISP:
Officers received a call around noon about three suspicious people going to and from a vehicle on Blackhawk Drive. Boyle, who owned the vehicle, had just stolen gas from a gas station, the car somehow became disabled and shortly before police arrived, he poured gas on it and set it on fire.
The Stockton officer, first on the scene, shot Boyle at 12:04 p.m.
The two other people with Boyle were Timothy Hess, 41, of Stockton, and an unidentified woman. Both gave statements to investigators. Hess was taken to Jo Daviess County Jail on unrelated warrants; the woman was released.
A third, uninvolved witness also is cooperating, the release said.
According to online court records, Boyle had an extensive felony history – at least seven convictions in three counties, going back more than 20 years, and Hess, too, is a convicted coke dealer:
• In 2005, Boyle was sentenced in Carroll County to 2 years in prison for possession of an unspecified drug.
• In 2003, he was indicted in Jo Daviess County for dealing cocaine; that felony charge was dismissed 3 years later, after defense won a motion to suppress evidence that the appellate court upheld.
• In May 2003, Boyle was convicted in Polk County, Florida of lewd and lacivious battery of a 15-year-old. He was 26.
• He was indicted in Jo Daviess County in 1999 and sentenced in 2001 to 2 years, 6 months for knowingly damaging property; as part of a plea agreement, two counts of committing a hate crime were dismissed.
• In 1998, he was charged in two Jo Daviess cases, one with burglary, theft, the other with two counts of aggravated battery. He was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge for the theft and a year for a reduced charge of battery, sentences to run concurrently; the other charges were dismissed.
• In 1997, he was sentenced in Jo Daviess to 2 years for selling narcotics in 1995. Online records didn't specify what type of drug.
• In 1996, he was sentenced to 1 year in Whiteside County for possession of marijuana, and to 2 and a half years in Carroll County for aggravated battery.
• In 2001, Hess was sentenced in Carroll County to 2 years probation for dealing cocaine the year before; a second count was dismissed
• In 2003, he was sentenced in to 3 years, also in Carroll County, for selling 10 to 15 grams of cocaine; a second count of dealing 15 to 100 grams was dismissed. ..Source.. by KATHLEEN A. SCHULTZ