Police recover pipe bomb from truck driven by dead Geneseo suspect

Jeffery R. Blunk – Photo Henry County Sheriff’s Office

GENESEO – The man who was shot and killed at a car wash by law enforcement in Geneseo allegedly had an explosive device in his truck.   The Illinois State Police say 30-year-old Jeffery Ryan Blunk had fled a traffic stop on foot after a collision with a Henry County Deputy, where he reportedly fired a shotgun.  Blunk was wanted for Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Home Invasion, Aggravated Kidnapping, and outstanding Felony Warrants.  He was shot and killed by a US Marshall hours later in Geneseo, and during an inspection of his truck towed from the scene of the crash, a pipe bomb was allegedly discovered.   The Geneseo Police Department, City Hall buildings, and nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution.  The Quad City Bomb Squad recovered one purported pipe bomb and transported it to a secure location.   An autopsy on Blunk Wednesday stated he died from a single gunshot wound to the head.