Manhunt for 2 wanted in fatal shooting of officer

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BRADLEY, Ill. (WLS) -- A manhunt continues Friday successful Chicago's southbound suburbs aft 1 constabulary serviceman was killed and different was critically injured successful the enactment of work Wednesday night.

Bradley constabulary Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic and her spouse responded to a telephone Wednesday nighttime of dogs barking successful an unattended car successful the parking batch astatine the Comfort Inn disconnected of Route 50, the Kankakee County Sheriff's Office said. They went to the edifice country wherever the car's proprietor was staying erstwhile constabulary accidental the radical wrong the country began attacking the 2 officers, shooting them.

Rittmanic, 49, was killed, and her partner, 27-year-old Tyler Bailey, was severely hurt. Bailey was transported to Christ Hospital successful Oak Lawn, wherever helium underwent country for terrible caput injuries, and remained successful precise captious information Thursday astatine Advocate Christ Medical Center successful Oak Lawn.

The sheriff's bureau is present offering a $25,000 reward for accusation that leads to the apprehension of 25-year-old Darius D. Sullivan, of Bourbonnais.

Sullivan should beryllium considered equipped and unsafe and should not beryllium confronted, constabulary said.

An apprehension warrant has been issued for Sullivan and 26-year-old Xandria Harris of Bradley, according to Illinois State Police. Harris is believed to person been successful the country with Sullivan.

Anyone with accusation astir the suspects is urged to telephone the Illinois State Police Hotline astatine 815-698-2315. Tipsters tin besides stay anonymous by calling that fig oregon CrimeStoppers astatine (815) 93-CRIME.

"Please support the officers, their families and the Bradley Police Department successful your thoughts and prayers," the sheriff's bureau said.

The Kankakee County assemblage is present coming unneurotic to grieve and find spot successful the aftermath of this unspeakable tragedy.

"My son's a Bradley constabulary serviceman and helium was expected to beryllium connected displacement past night, and helium took his past abrogation day," Jackie Hammond said. "So we are grateful, but again, it's bittersweet."

The incidental appeared to person been isolated, and constabulary judge determination is nary further menace to the community.

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Friends and assemblage members grieved the nonaccomplishment arsenic section residents hung bluish ribbons and signs astir municipality thanking the sergeant for her sacrifice. Purple bunting adorned the Bradley constabulary presumption arsenic the emblem extracurricular flew astatine half-mast.

"Just to retrieve the champion bull ever with Bradley PD," Jacqueline Jackson said, holding a homemade sign.

Hundreds of radical lined up successful soundlessness to grant Rittmanic during a procession that went done the communities of Bradley, Kankakee and Bourbonnais.

"We ne'er deliberation overmuch astir these guys moving astir taking attraction of america until this happens, but I'm conscionable gladsome to spot the turnout and support," said Doug Brown, who came to wage his respects.

"The radical that are present to support america person been taken from us, and it's conscionable not right," Carol Chapman added.

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Rittmanic archetypal became an serviceman successful 2000 with the Iroquois County Sheriff's Department. She had been with the Bradley Police Department for 14 years, and her niece said she was conscionable 5 years distant from retirement. She leaves down her wife, Lynette Stua.

The past clip a instrumentality enforcement serviceman was killed successful the enactment of work successful Kankakee County was 1996.

"We are a assemblage and we're present for 1 different done bully and bad, but calamity seems to bring it retired of everyone," Chapman said.

Kankakee Mayor Chris Curtis released a connection connected the incidental connected Facebook, saying:

Our hearts are dense and filled with sorrow for our neighboring City and their constabulary department. On behalf of the City of Kankakee we connection our prayers to the family, friends and coworkers of the fallen Bradley constabulary officer. We besides supply continuous supplication for the betterment of the different Bradley officer.

"In this hard clip for our portion we inquire God to supply healing and comfortableness needed for our communities, each the instrumentality enforcement brothers and sisters and the archetypal responders astatine this hard time.

"As Mayor of the City of Kankakee, I pledge each of our enactment and assistance successful immoderate mode imaginable that Village of Bradley mightiness request oregon request."

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