Avon, IL – An almost 18-and-a-half-hour standoff between police and the man who shot a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday came to an end at about 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
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 arrested and transported to the Macomb County jail pending formal charges.
Police said the suspect was taken into custody without incident after the overnight, barricaded standoff with police that began more than 18 hours earlier.
The incident occurred at about 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.
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 also arrived to help.
Law enforcement agencies and fire departments from many neighboring counties and towns also provided assistance in various aspects of the incident, according to the Illinois State Police.
Later in the day, 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.
When the ambulance arrived, the officers stood at attention and saluted as medical personnel carried the fallen hero into the hospital, the Journal Star reported.
“On behalf of the Illinois State Police, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Fulton County Deputy Chisum’s family, friends, and extended family at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office,” Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly said at the press conference. “This is the second time this year the Illinois State Police has safely apprehended an alleged cop killer. Once again, the men and women of the Illinois State Police displayed exceptional professionalism, patience and persistence as they worked side by side with our brothers and sisters through another dark and difficult moment.”
“Mercifully, this incident was concluded with no further harm to first responders, and this defendant can now be brought to justice,” Director Kelly said.
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.
Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard was almost totally overcome with emotion as he tried to read a statement at the press conference.
“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.”