ABC Fort Wayne branch WPTA confirmed two people involved in a Bradley police shooting have been taken into custody in North Manchester, Indiana.
They were detained from a house on Bond Street 1000 blocks.
The identities of those detained were not immediately released.
Police Officer Bradley Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic and her partner responded to a call Wednesday night about dogs barking in an unattended vehicle in the Comfort Inn parking lot off 50th Street, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office said. They arrived at the hotel room where the owner of the vehicle was staying when police said people inside the room began attacking the two officers, shooting them.
Rittmanic, 49, was killed, and her partner, Tyler Bailey, 27, was seriously injured. Bailey was taken to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, where he underwent surgery for a severe head injury, and remained in critical condition Thursday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
The sheriff’s office has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Darius D. Sullivan, 25, of Bourbonnais.
Police said Sullivan was considered armed and dangerous and should not be confronted.
Illinois State Police say arrest warrants have been issued for Sullivan and Xandria Harris, 26, of Bradley. Harris is believed to have been in the room with Sullivan at the time of the shooting.
Anyone with information on the suspects is urged to call the Illinois State Police Hotline at 815-698-2315. Tippers can also remain anonymous by calling that number or CrimeStoppers at (815) 93-CRIME.
“Please keep the officers, their families and the Bradley Police Department in your thoughts and prayers,” the sheriff’s office said.
The Kankakee County community is now coming together to grieve and find strength in the wake of this terrible tragedy.
Jackie Hammond said: ‘My son is a police officer Bradley and he was supposed to be on duty last night, and he took his last day off. “So we’re grateful, but again, it’s bittersweet.”
The incident appears to have been isolated, and police believe there is no further threat to the community.
VIEW | Communities honor police sergeant Bradley killed in the line of duty
Friends and community members grieve the loss as local residents hung blue ribbons and signs around town to thank the sergeant’s sacrifice. Purple pennants adorn Bradley Police Station as the flag outside flutters halfway up the mast.
“Just to remember the best cop ever with Bradley PD,” says Jacqueline Jackson, holding a homemade sign.
Hundreds of people lined up in silence to honor Rittmanic in a procession that passed through the communities of Bradley, Kankakee and Bourbonnais.
Doug Brown, who came to pay his respects, said: “We never thought much of these people running around looking after us until this happened, but I’m just delighted to see the amount voter turnout and support.
“The people who are here to protect us have been taken from us, and that’s not right,” Carol Chapman added.
Rittmanic first became an officer in 2000 with the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department. She has been with the Bradley Police Department for 14 years, and her granddaughter says she is only five years away from retiring. She leaves behind her wife, Lynette Stua.
The last time a law enforcement officer was killed in the line of duty in Kankakee County was 1996.
“We are a community and we are here for each other through good and bad, but tragedy seems to take it away from everyone,” Chapman said.
Kankakee Mayor Chris Curtis released a statement about the incident on Facebook, saying:
Our hearts are heavy and filled with sadness for our Neighboring City and their police department. On behalf of the City of Kankakee, we send our prayers to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased police officer Bradley. We also pray continuously for the recovery of the other officer Bradley.
“During this difficult time for our region, we ask God to provide much-needed healing and comfort to our community, all of our law enforcement brothers and sisters, and those First response at this difficult time.
“As the Mayor of Kankakee City, I pledge to assist and assist in any way possible that Bradley Village may need or require.”
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