Pipe bomb found in vehicle of Henry Co man killed in police standoff

The Illinois State Police located a pipe bomb in the vehicle of a Henry County man who was killed during a standoff with US Marshals on Tuesday.

According to ISP, Crime Scene Investigators were processing the vehicle on Wednesday that 30-year-old Jeffery R. Blunk of Geneseo was driving in at the time he was shot, pursuant to a search warrant obtained by the department, when the pipe bomb was located.

As a precautionary measure, the Geneseo Police Department, City Hall buildings, and nearby residents were evacuated while the public was asked to avoid the area of the 100-block of South Oakwood Avenue.

The Quad City Bomb Squad recovered the pipe bomb, transported the evidence to a secure location, and there was no threat to the public.

The investigation continues into the incident from ISP’s Division of Criminal Investigations Zone 2.

Blunk had been sought after allegedly shooting a shotgun at Henry County Sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning.