Neighbors unsurprised by officer involved shooting

We’re learning new details about an officer involved shooting that left one man dead.

Williamson County, Illinois, Coroner Mike Burke has confirmed that 40-year-old Willie Holderfield was killed Thursday night while troopers attempted to serve an arrest warrant for the robbery of a Carterville drug store.

Investigators say Holderfield drew a gun as they approached the home at 111 Seba St. in Hurst.

However, this was not Holderfield’s first run-in with the law.

He was convicted of felony charges of possession of a controlled substance in 2013 and burglary in 2009. Holderfield served jail time for both offenses.

Those who live around the area of the crime scene say they’ve known for weeks that something suspicious was going on in their neighborhood.

"We figured something was going to happen before too long," said neighbor Betty Clerk.

Multiple neighbors told us off camera they had the same suspicions.

"There was cars coming in and out all of the time," said Clerk.

Clerk says she feels badly for the deceased and the trooper who shot him.

"They have a very hard job," said Clerk.

She hopes she no longer has to keep one eye down the road while at home.

"I feel safer now," said Clerk.

The Illinois State Police will maintain a 24 hour watch on the home until the investigation is finished.  At that point, neighbors say they hope the home is simply torn down.

We reached out to members of Holderfield’s family, but we have not heard back.

Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti also declined to comment until he has time to review all the available information.

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