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Decynthia S. Clements, 34
Elgin, Illinois
March 12, 2018

Agencies: Elgin Police Department Illinois

Last updated: 8 months ago

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34 year-old Decynthia Clements was killed by Elgin police during a traffic stop when police attempted to pull Clements over at about 12:34 a.m. Monday March 12, 2018 near Cedar Avenue for unknown reasons.

"Officers attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle in which the vehicle did not stop. Officers then terminated the pursuit," said Elgin Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda.

A short time later, police said Clements' car was spotted on westbound I-90 near Route 25. The car was stopped and damaged. Police approached Clements and officers said they noticed she had a knife. Police said they backed away and negotiated with her for over an hour.

"During that time she would periodically move her car up several feet. At one point officers noticed that a fire had started inside the vehicle. They approached the burning vehicle in an attempt to pull her out," Swoboda said.

What exactly happened is unclear, but one officer fired shots, hitting Clements. She was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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