Police officer killed, another in critical condition in hotel shooting
An Illinois police officer has died and another is in critical condition after being shot while responding to a noise complaint at a hotel Wednesday night.
The incident involving the Bradley Police Department occurred shortly after 9:40 p.m., according to a social media post by Chef Donald W. Barber. Officers were dispatched to a Comfort Inn on State Route 15 regarding a report of dogs barking in an unattended vehicle in the parking lot.
When they arrived at the hotel, officers found the room that connected to the vehicle and began speaking with the people inside. During the conversation, the individuals attacked and shot the officers.
Both officers were taken to hospital, where one officer was pronounced dead. The other policeman has undergone surgery and is in critical condition.
“This is a very sad and tragic day for the family of the village of Bradley. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family members of all involved,” Bradley Mayor Mike Watson told the Kankakee Daily Journal.
Police consider the shooting to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public. The identity of the two agents is withheld while the ministry contacts the family.
A SWAT unit has been deployed to the next hotel and a room-by-room search has been performed. An arrest warrant has been issued for Darius D. Sullivan, 25, and another person of interest is wanted in connection with the shooting, according to the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department.
Sullivan, 25, is considered armed and dangerous, and he should not be approached. Anyone with information about Sullivan’s location or the shooting should call the Illinois State Police hotline at 815-698-2315 or CrimeStoppers at 815-93-CRIME.
This is the second fatal shooting in the state this week. Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley was shot and killed while responding to a motorist in need of assistance along Interstate 64 near Mills Shoals on Wednesday.
Ray Tate, a 40-year-old suspect, was arrested in the shooting following a hostage-taking in Carlyle. Along with the fatal shooting, he was also charged with hijacking a car and shooting an individual Wednesday at a convenience store in Missouri.
Tate, who was also wanted for carjacking in Knox County, Indiana earlier this month, is currently in Clinton County Jail and faces charges in multiple jurisdictions.