Putnam County man fatally shot

Sheriff’s office says incident was isolated

Putnam County Sheriff's squad car

A 64-year-old Putnam County man died Thursday after police said he was shot by a family member.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at 4:52 p.m. Thursday from a residence at 2 Walnut Drive in Lake Thunderbird.

Deputies found a man on the ground at the end of the driveway and attempted lifesaving measures. Jack D. Carpenter, of the same address, died as a result of his injury, police said.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said Carpenter was shot by a family member. The family member was taken into custody and taken to the Putnam County Jail but was released Friday, police said. A handgun also was recovered at the scene.

Authorities said they consider this an isolated incident and there is no further threat to the community. The Putnam County’s State’s Attorney’s Office said the family member was released based on circumstances of the shooting that occurred. Further results from the autopsy and evidence recovered will be needed to proceed with charges, the sheriff’s office said.

The Putnam County State’s Attorney, the Putnam County Death Investigator and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services assisted in the investigation.

An autopsy will was conducted Friday and revealed Carpenter received two gunshot wounds to the upper body. Toxicology results still are pending, police said.

Henry Police, Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and Henry Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

This investigation still is ongoing by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.