Hero Down: Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum Murdered During Call
Avon, IL – Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Chisum was murdered in the line of duty on Tuesday while responding to a call about a battery and disturbance at a rural home outside Avon.
He was the fifth law enforcement officer to be murdered in an eight-day period in the United States.
The shooting occurred just after 2 p.m. on June 25 when 39-year-old Deputy Chisum responded to a battery and disturbance call at a home on Troy Road between Avon and Ellisville, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
“… Upon arrival, Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum was shot by a suspect in the residence. Deputy Chisum succumbed to his injuries. No other injuries were reported,” an Illinois State Police Captain Jon Dively said at a press conference on Wednesday morning.
Afterward, the suspect barricaded himself inside the home and began an hours-long, overnight standoff with law enforcement, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
For a period of time after the deputy was shot, first responders were unable to retrieve the wounded deputy because the gunman continued to fire shots.
A LifeFlight helicopter arrived and landed on the field next to the scene, waiting to airlift the deputy to the hospital, but it remained on the ground for hours after its arrival and the fallen deputy was eventually transported by ambulance.
Deputy Chisum died at the scene.
Officers from Peoria, Peoria County, Peoria Heights, Bartonville, Woodford County, Tazewell County, Knox County, Fulton County, and the Illinois State Police escorted the ambulance carrying the fallen deputy’s body to St. Francis Medical Center, the Journal Star reported.
More than 100 law enforcement officers lined North Bradley Avenue near the hospital to show respect for Deputy Chisum.
Members of the community joined law enforcement officers in showing their respect to the fallen deputy’s ambulance procession.
When the ambulance arrived at its destination, officers stood at attention and saluted as medical personnel carried the fallen hero into the hospital, the Journal Star reported.
Illinois State Police officials identified the suspect in the shooting of Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Chisum as 42-year-old Nathan Woodring of Avon, WMBD reported.
Woodring was apprehended and taken into custody without incident at 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday morning after a more than 18-hour standoff with police.
Deputy Chisum had been with the sheriff’s department for four-and-a-half years, WICS reported.
The deputy was a member of the West Central Special Response Team and the Region 6 ILEAS WMD/SRT Team.
He was also a paramedic with the Fulton County EMA, according to WICS.
Deputy Chisum leaves behind a wife, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois) called the deputy’s murder a "heartbreaking reminder" of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers, the Effingham Daily News reported.
"Deputy Chisum was a hero and we must never forget his sacrifice," she said.
Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard was almost totally overcome with emotion as he tried to read a statement at the press conference announcing the captures of his deputy’s killer by the Illinois State Police.
“I stand before you today saddened and at a loss of adequate words to express the grief we are feeling for the loss of one of our own,” Sheriff Standard told reporters. “Deputy Chisum dedicated his life to service to his community… his legacy and sacrifice will forever be remembered.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Chisum, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Deputy Troy Chisum, your life mattered.