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Savanna policeman cleared in shooting

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The Savanna, Illinois police officer who shot a woman during a traffic stop in October has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Officer Jacob Stillings stopped a car just south of Savanna at about 4 a.m. October 24, 2012.  When Stillings arrested the male driver, 21-year-old Allana Hill then allegedly drove off in the car.  When she returned to the scene of the traffic stop, Hill reportedly struck the male driver with the car.

That’s when Stillings shot at the vehicle, hitting Hill.  She allegedly drove away again and crashed into a house.  Police said they found a baby in the back seat of the vehicle at the scene of that crash.

State Police determined Stillings “was justified in using deadly force” during the incident. 

Stillings was returned to work November 20, 2012 after being placed on administrative leave for the duration of the investigation. 

Online court records show Hill was undergoing a mental health evaluation and involuntarily committed for treatment.