Hancock County, IL – A suspect allegedly got into a Hancock County sheriff’s deputy’s patrol vehicle and carjacked him at gunpoint on Wednesday afternoon.
The harrowing incident occurred on the afternoon of July 13 after Hancock County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) deputies responded to a rural area for a report of a suspicious person, NPR Illinois reported.
Details of the call were not released.
The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 4 said a lone HCSO deputy was speaking with the unidentified suspect at approximately 2 p.m. when the man suddenly got into the patrol vehicle and held the deputy at gunpoint.
The deputy scrambled out of the car and fired at the suspect just before a second HCSO deputy pulled up at the scene, WQAD reported.
It is unclear whether the suspect was hit by the deputy’s initial gunfire.
The first deputy jumped into the second deputy’s car, according to investigators.
The armed suspect then sped off in the first deputy’s patrol vehicle, triggering a brief pursuit, the ISP said.
The chase ended in a shootout near County Road 2500 East and U.S. Route 336 at approximately 3:07 p.m., KHQA reported.
The suspect was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly thereafter.
Neither of the deputies were struck during the exchange of gunfire, according to NPR Illinois.
The roadway between Illinois Route 61 and U.S. Route 336 remained shut down until police reopened it at about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday night.
The identities of the deputies and the suspect were not immediately released, nor were any other details regarding the incident.
The ISP is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting at the request of the HCSO, WGEM reported.