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Man's death in rural Knox County under investigation

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GALVA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is working to determine how a 19-year-old Galva man died after he was involved in a confrontation following a car accident early Tuesday.

A press release from the sheriff's office said Xavier Hartman, 19, crashed his pickup truck about two miles southwest of Galva around 12:30 a.m. When deputies arrived on scene, they found Hartman and James Love, 58, also of Galva being treated by emergency personnel. 

Love lives nearby and reportedly came out to investigate after hearing the crash. A confrontation between the two happened, with Love firing two rounds into Hartman's leg from a 9mm pistol, police said. A passenger in Hartman's vehicle fled the area on foot and was later found and interviewed by police. 

Hartman was later pronounced dead at a Kewanee hospital. Love was treated for a cut at a Galesburg hospital and released. An autopsy is set for Tuesday afternoon in Peoria to determine if Hartman died of gunshot wounds or injuries sustained in the crash. 

Love was taken to the Knox County Jail. He faces charges of unlawful discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery of a firearm. 

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