Two people arrested in fatal shootout against veteran Illinois police after 36-hour manhunt
Two people arrested in fatal shootout against veteran Illinois police officer after 36-hour manhunt: partner of deceased police officer remains critical in hospital
- Police arrested Darius Sullivan, 25, the suspected gunman, after a 36-hour manhunt in a fatal shootout against Police Sgt. Bradley. Marlène Rittmanic, 49 years old
- Sullivan was found hiding in a house in North Manchester, Indiana on Friday
- Hours later, 26-year-old Xandria Harris surrendered to police in Bradley, Illinois.
- On Wednesday, Rittmanic and his partner, Officer Tyler Bailey, 27, who is currently in hospital in critical condition, were attacked and shot at
- Arrangements are being made to extradite Sullivan to Illinois to face murder and attempted murder charges
The gunman who shot dead a veteran Illinois policeman and seriously injured his young partner was found after a 36-hour manhunt at an Indiana home and arrested before another suspect surrendered, police officials said.
Darius Sullivan, 25, was found in hiding in his home in north Manchester, near Fort Waune, after a search warrant was executed by the US Marshals and a SWAT team around 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
Hours later, 26-year-old Xandria A. Harris attended the Bradley Police Department in the fatal shooting of Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic, 49, and her partner Tyler Bailey, 27, at a Comfort Inn motel in Kankakee, south of Chicago.
“As part of a multi-jurisdictional effort, two suspected cop killers were arrested today and will now face justice,” said Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly.
Police sergeant. Marlene Rittmanic, a 14-year veteran of the Bradley Police Department, was gunned down after responding to a call about a barking dog
Police arrested Darius Sullivan and Xandria Harris in connection with the fatal shooting of Police Sergeant Bradley, 49. Marlene Rittmanic
Rittmanic, a 14-year veteran of the Bradley Police Department, and Bailey were responding to a report of dogs barking in an unattended vehicle at the motel on Wednesday when they were shot.
Cops attended the car owner’s hotel room when police said Sullivan and Harris started attacking the two officers before shooting them.
Bailey underwent surgery for head injuries and remained in very critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., Officials said.
“The law enforcement family and community have lost a dedicated officer, and another continues to fight for his life. The ISP will continue to offer our prayers and support to the Bradley Police Department during this difficult time, ”Kelly said.
Sullivan was found at the Indiana home with 19-year-old Daniel Acros, who was also arrested.
“Also at the house, several weapons and narcotics were also recovered,” said the sergeant. Glen Fifield of Indiana State Police said.
A cellphone video showed the suspects coming out with their hands in the air after police evacuated the house.
Bradley Police Officer Tyler Bailey, 27, remains in critical condition after being shot in the head
Arrangements are currently extraditing Sullivan to Illinois to face murder and attempted murder charges.
Harris’ attorney Phil Haddad said she had surrendered voluntarily.
“She claims her innocence. She is the mother of three children and she is pregnant, ”Haddad said.
Harris will appear in bail court on Monday, Haddad said.
Police also arrested two other suspects in Indiana linked to the case.
Bryce Baker, 20, and Joshua Adams, 26, both from Kankakee, Ill., Were arrested when police saw them driving the wrong way during the manhunt for Sullivan.
Their possible connection to Sullivan was under investigation, FOX 32 reported.
“Every time an officer is killed in the line of duty, no matter where it happens in the country, it affects us all,” Fifield said.