Shooting victim identified as Gary Stephens

DeWayne Bartels

 Woodford County Coroner Tim Reustman identified last week’s shooting victim in a domestic dispute as Gary M. Stephens, 65, of 1606 State St., Metamora.

The coroner pronounced Stephens dead at 11:05 p.m. June 21. He was the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy has been done.

The victim’s wife, Cheryl Stephens, told the coroner that she and her husband had an argument and several shots were fired prior to her departure.

The Woodford County Sheriff’s Department was called about 7 p.m. June 21. They met with the victim’s wife in Metamora. She had their children with her at the time.

“She said (her husband) had shot at her,” a Woodford County law enforcement official said.

“We secured a perimeter around the place. By the time the CIERT team got out there, some time had passed,” said the same law enforcement official.

The CIERT team is a multi-agency team made up of sharpshooters and doctors. They are called in when there is a hostage or barricade situation.

“They found him on the porch,” said the law enforcement official.

The location of the home was 1.5 miles north of Metamora and a 1/3 of a mile east of Route 89.