CARBONDALE, Ill. (KMOX/AP) – A Carbondale Police officer remains in serious, but stable condition in a St. Louis Hospital, after being shot last night.
The suspects are on the run. Carbondale Police Chief Jeff Grubbs tells KFVS television, the suspects’ car was found abandoned in Williamson County, Illinois and burned. Grubbs says at this time they can only describe the suspects as two black males, although there is the possibility of there being additional people.
Sgt. Amber Ronketto of Carbondale police says they assume the fleeing suspects to be armed with at least a hand gun and a rifle. She says they are also hoping for more information to come from witnesses.
“People at least saw the initial incident, the gun fire that brought the officers to the area initially,” Ronketto says. “We have no doubt that people witnessed what was going on there.”
He says there is a $10,000 reward, and asks people with information to come forward. Besides Carbondale Police, Illinois state and federal investigators are involved in the investigation.
As previously reported:
Authorities say someone speeding away from a shooting scene in southern Illinois opened fire on pursuing officers, seriously wounding one before getting away.
The Carbondale Police Department says in a news release that the shooting occurred late Sunday after officers on patrol heard shots fired and drove toward the gunfire.
The officers tried to stop a tan, four-door vehicle as it sped from the scene, but the driver didn’t pull over. Someone in the vehicle fired at the officers, hitting one.
The officer was immediately taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale where he was initially treated for a gunshot wound. The officer’s condition is reported to be serious and he has been transported to a St. Louis area hospital for additional treatment.
Authorities say the officers didn’t return fire and the vehicle got away.
News release from Carbondale Police:
“On 07-31-2016 at 11:38 p.m., Officers of the Carbondale Police Department were on patrol in the 700 block of North Robert A. Stalls Street when they determined gunshots were being fired. While driving toward the source of the gunshots, the officers saw a tan, four-door vehicle driving away from the area at a high rate of speed. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit was initiated. During the pursuit, a suspect fired several gunshots at the pursuing officers from the fleeing vehicle, striking the police car and one of the police officers which ended the pursuit. No shots were fired by Carbondale Police officers.
The investigation into the incident is being led by the Illinois State Police which is standard Carbondale Police Department procedure in incidents concerning an Officer Involved Shooting. Assisting with the investigation is the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Jackson County Sherriff’s Department and the SIU Department of Public Safety. The investigation into the incident is continuing.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 457-3200. You may also call the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at (618) 687-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the “Crime Stoppers” tab located on the main page of this website. Please help yourself, along with your county, its communities and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness, or have any information pertaining to, a crime. Cash rewards for information which leads to an arrest are also made anonymously. Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!”
If you have information, call Carbondale Police, Illinois State Police or Crime Stoppers at (618) 549-COPS.
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