A Galva man is charged with first-degree murder following a shooting after a confrontation in Galva early Tuesday.

A Galva man is charged with first-degree murder following a shooting after a confrontation in Galva early Tuesday.

James E. Love, 58, Galva, has officially been charged with first-degree murder, Class X felony aggravated battery and felony aggravated discharge of a firearm.

The charges allege Love discharged a firearm in the direction of Xavier Hartman "knowing such act created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm to Xavier Hartman, thereby causing the death of" Hartman, according to court documents.

Charging documents said Hartman, 19, also of Galva, was shot once in the left thigh. 

The most serious charge against Love is the murder charge, which, if convicted, carries a mandatory prison sentence of between 45 years to life as it includes a mandatory firearm enhancement. 

Love was expected to make a video court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Knox County Circuit Court to have his formal charges read to him and have his bail set.

Knox County Sheriff Dave Clague said Tuesday afternoon charges would stem from a conversation between a forensic pathologist involved in the autopsy and Knox County detectives. He also said it is not believed Hartman and Love knew each other, but that was still being looked into.

According to a news release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Hartman was shot in the leg after having a confrontation with a man who came to assist him after a traffic crash.

Hartman was reportedly driving a black Chevrolet pickup truck and crashed in the area of 2900 Knox Road 2000 East at about 12:33 a.m. Tuesday. The truck was found resting on the driver’s side and on the west side of the roadway.

The news release said Love lives about 300 yards away from the crash site and heard the crash and yelling. He left his home and went to the crash.

“Once at the scene, a confrontation occurred between Hartman and Love. Love allegedly discharged two rounds from a 9mm semiautomatic Ruger handgun with one round striking the thigh of Hartman,” the news release said.

Thirty yards north of the crash site, Stark County EMS were treating Hartman and Love.

Love received care for a laceration at OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center after being transported to the Galesburg hospital by a Knox County deputy. After receiving medical care, he was taken into custody by Knox County officials.

Hartman was subsequently pronounced dead in the emergency room of OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Another person was located who was a passenger in Hartman’s vehicle. That individual said they fled the area on foot at the beginning of the confrontation between the two men, the news release said.

Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction Team and ISP Crime Scene Investigator are handling the scene.

The following agencies assisted KCSD in the case — Galva police; Henry County and Stark County sheriff’s departments; Galva fire; Bishop fire; and Stark County EMS.