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Charges dropped against Ill. officer in shootings

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Prosecutors haved dropped charges against a small-town Illinois police officer they initially suspected in a shooting spree that left one dead and two wounded.

An online inmate database shows 37-year-old Brian Dorian was released from custody Tuesday after charges were dropped.

Attorney Bob Odekirk told The Herald-News in Joliet that authorities had verified Dorian's alibi for the shooting spree along the Illinois-Indiana border.

The decision comes after Dorian appeared in court via video link from jail. His attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to one count of first-degree murder.

Dorian is an officer with the Lynwood Police Department, 30 miles south of Chicago, not far from where the shootings took place.