Avon, IL – A Fulton County sheriff’s deputy has been shot and police are in a standoff with a gunman at a home in Avon.
The shooting occurred after deputies responded to a home on Troy Road, although the nature of the initial incident the deputies were responding to was unknown, according to the Journal Star.
Avon is located about 30 miles south of Galesburg or one hour west of Peoria.
The Journal Star reported that the Illinois State Police and Knox County Sheriff’s Office were also on the scene assisting Fulton County sheriff’s deputies. Tactical police teams from Macomb and Peoria have also arrived to help.
Police surrounded the house and it was reported that an armored vehicle was headed onto the property to retrieve the wounded deputy.
A LifeFlight helicopter arrived and landed on the field next to the scene. It was waiting to airlift the deputy to the hospital, the Journal Star reported.
The Canton Daily Ledger reported that people were still inside the home that police have surrounded. The Journal Star reported that an officer said over the police radio that police had dealt with the same suspect a year ago and had been able to negotiate with him via telephone on that occasion.
One officer said that police were using a Bearcat armored vehicle to move a negotiater closer to the house to talk to the suspect.
UPDATE: The wounded deputy was extracted and has succumbed to his injuries.
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