Avon, IL – A gunman who barricaded himself inside a home and fatally shot a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy was said to be “contained” as of Wednesday morning, WLS reported.
The incident occurred at about 2 p.m. on June 25 when 39-year-old Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Troy Chisum responded to a battery and disturbance call at a home on Troy Road between Avon and Ellisville, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The suspect fired multiple shots at Deputy Chisum and the deputy was killed.
Afterward, the suspect barricaded himself inside the home and began a standoff with law enforcement that has continued for more than 15 hours, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
For a period of time after the deputy was shot, other member of law enforcement 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.
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.
One officer said that police were using a Bearcat armored vehicle to move a negotiator closer to the house to talk to the suspect.
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.
At 5:15 a.m. on June 26, Illinois State Police Sergeant Jacqueline Cepeda said that standoff was ongoing but refused to release any other details.
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.
“On behalf of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Chisum,” Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard said. “Deputy Chisum dedicated his life to the service of his community. His legacy and sacrifice will forever be remembered.”
Galesburg Police Lieutenant James Bradford confirmed that two people who were possibly linked to the incident had been brought into the Galesburg Police Department for questioning late on Tuesday afternoon, the Journal Star reported.
Lt. Bradford said those people were being interviewed by other law enforcement agencies but so far, no arrests have been made.
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