Editor’s note: The following news release was provided by Illinois State Police District 13 at DuQuoin.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 3, 2016
BROOKPORT, ILLINOIS – On Friday, September 2, 2016, an armed suspect entered a residence in Metropolis at approximately 4:09 p.m., and assaulted a resident. The armed suspect fled on a motorcycle and was pursued by local law enforcement and subsequently escaped after abandoning the motorcycle in rural Massac County.
On Saturday, September 3, 2016, at approximately 4:30 a.m., a citizen witnessed a person, possibly carrying a handgun, in a neighbor’s yard and reported hearing 3 to 4 gunshots. A Massac County Deputy and a Metropolis P.D. officer arrived on scene and attempted to locate the subject. Officers went toward the subject’s last known direction of travel. The officers heard a gunshot close to their location while searching the area, but were unable to locate the subject.
Illinois State Police (ISP) District 22 Patrol assistance was requested at approximately 6:15 a.m. An additional shot was fired as an inner perimeter was being established. ISP District 13 sent additional patrol units to reinforce the perimeter. ISP Air Operations and ISP SWAT also responded to the scene.
At approximately 9:21 a.m., an ISP Trooper on the perimeter encountered the armed suspect. Shots were fired and the suspect was fatally wounded. The suspect’s weapon was recovered at the scene. Identification of the suspect is pending verification by the Massac County Coroner.
ISP Division of Internal Investigation and ISP Crime Scene Services are responding to the scene. There were no injuries to any of the officers involved in this incident.
This incident is under investigation by the Illinois State Police, Illinois Conservation Police, Massac County Sheriff’s Office, US Marshalls, and Metropolis P.D. No further information is being released at this time.
The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.