2 Ill. officers shot at hotel, 1 killed; suspects sought
The officers were shot while speaking to people in a room at a Comfort Inn, police said
Duty Death: Marlene Rittmanic - [Bradley, Illinois]
End of Service: 12/30/2021
The Kankakee County Sheriff's Office identified the slain officer as Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic. On December 31, a woman wanted in the fatal shooting surrendered to police hours after a man also suspected in the shooting was arrested in Indiana.
By Associated Press
BRADLEY, Ill. — Authorities were searching Thursday for two people believed to have been involved in the fatal shooting of one police officer and wounding of another at a northern Illinois hotel.
The two Bradley police officers were shot late Wednesday while speaking to people in a room at a Comfort Inn along a highway in Kankakee County, the county sheriff's office said.
The officers were taken to nearby hospitals, where one died and the other was listed in critical condition and undergoing surgery, said the Bradley Police Department, which didn't release the officers' names.
An arrest warrant was issued for 25-year-old Darius D. Sullivan, and the sheriff's office posted a Facebook request for the public's help in finding him, saying he should be considered armed and dangerous.
The police department said in its news release that it was also searching for what it described as a person of interest believed to have been involved, though it didn't release any identifying information about that person.
Our hearts our heavy again as we send our condolences to the family, friends, & coworkers of Bradley PD Sergeant Marlene Rittmanic, who lost her life in the line of duty last night. We also send thoughts of strength & healing to the additional Officer that was seriously injured. pic.twitter.com/F8VP3J2SYv— Joliet Police Department (@JolietPolice) December 30, 2021
The officers were at the hotel to investigate a report of dogs that were barking in an unattended vehicle in the parking lot, the sheriff's office said. They found the room where the vehicle's possible owner was staying and were shot while talking to the people in that room, it said.
Mike Watson, the mayor Bradley, a village of roughly 16,000 people about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Chicago, said the wounded officer had been transferred to a Chicago-area hospital, the (Kankakee) Daily Journal reported.
The slain officer's body was transported early Thursday in a police procession from the Riverside Medical Center to the Kankakee County morgue, and officials later lowered the flag at Bradley Village Hall to half-staff.
“This is a very sad and tragic day for the Bradley village family. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family members of all involved,” Watson said.
A $10,000 reward was being offered for information leading to Sullivan’s arrest, WLS-TV reported.
The hotel shootings came hours after a sheriff's deputy was fatally shot while responding to a motorist assist call on a highway near Mill Shoals, which is in southeastern Illinois and roughly 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of Bradley.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Sean Riley responded to that call at around 5 a.m. Wednesday. He was found dead by a second officer who later arrived at the scene, and the deputy’s squad car was later found abandoned on I-64, police said. Authorities arrested a Kentucky man suspected in that attack and a carjacking in Missouri.