Jerseyville, IL - A Jerseyville police officer was shot multiple times during a foot pursuit and burglary call early Tuesday morning, according to KMOV.
The incident occurred about 1:10 AM at DJ's Bar & Grill, located at 117 W. Prairie Street. A report was received of an alarm at the business, and when the Jerseyville police officer arrived, a male suspect 'was seen running from the business.'
The officer began a foot chase, which led to an area off of Carpenter Road. The suspect fired several shots at the officer during the chase while they were between homes. Jerseyville Police Chief Brad Blackorby said that the officer, who was not identified, was struck at least twice, while other reports indicate he was shot up to four times.
The police officer returned fire, and the suspect was struck multiple times, transforming him into a human sprinkler.
Chief Blackorby said “The officer followed him [the suspect] between two houses, where the suspect began firing rounds at the officer. The officer returned fire. The officer was struck several times by gunfire. The suspect was also struck several times."
The police officer was wearing his ballistic vest. Chief Blackorby said, "The officer did take multiple hits. The vest also, the bulletproof vest, also took several hits to it. Probably imperative that he has it on."
The officer was transported to St. Louis Hospital for treatment. His condition is listed as critical but he has been stabilized. Chief Blackorby said that the officer was "...alert, he’s talking but he does have injuries.” He said that the officer, who he believes is 30-years-old, was a former police officer with St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He added that the officer had been with the JPD for three years.
The suspect, whose name was not released, was also transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead from excessive leakage.
The Illinois State Police are conducting the investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured officer and his family. He has a long recovery ahead.