Bradley, IL – A Bradley police officer was murdered and a second officer was critically wounded after both were shot while responding to a report of dogs barking in an unattended vehicle Wednesday night.
The incident began at approximately 9:41 p.m. on Dec. 29, when the Bradley Police Department (BPD) received a call about dogs barking inside a vehicle parked in the parking lot of a Comfort Inn located on Illinois 50, the Daily Journal reported.
Officers responded to the scene and located the unattended vehicle, then headed to the hotel room where the dogs’ owner was believed to be staying.
They were trying to speak with the owner when someone inside the hotel room opened fire on them, hitting both officers, the Daily Journal reported.
The wounded officers were transported to local hospitals, where one officer was pronounced dead, according to police.
The second wounded officer is in critical condition as of early Thursday morning and is undergoing surgery, according to WLS.
The officers’ identities have not been released.
Police are still searching for the alleged gunman, who has been identified as 25-year-old Darius Sullivan, the Daily Journal reported.
A warrant has been issued for Sullivan’s arrest.
Police warned that Sullivan should be considered armed and dangerous and that he should not be confronted, WLS reported.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the apprehension of the accused killer.
Officers are also searching for a second person of interest believed to be involved in the attack, according to the Daily Journal.
That person’s identity has not been released.
A police procession escorted the slain BPD officer’s body from Riverside Medical Center to the Kankakee County morgue at approximately 4 a.m. Dec. 30.
Flags at Bradley Village Hall were lowered to half-staff shortly thereafter, the Daily Journal reported.
“This is a very sad and tragic day for the Bradley village family,” Bradley Mayor Mike Watson told the paper. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family members of all involved.”
A Bradley Police officer was killed and another is in critical condition this morning after being shot at a hotel. We’ll have another live report from the scene at 6:30am on @nbcchicago. pic.twitter.com/MezihoPrRq
— Lisa Chavarria NBC5 (@LisaChavarria) December 30, 2021
Our hearts are heavy and filled with sorrow for our neighboring City and their police department. On behalf of the City of Kankakee we offer our prayers to the family, friends and coworkers of the fallen Bradley police officer. We also pray for the recovery of the other officer. pic.twitter.com/tJexZsPTzJ
— Chris Curtis Mayor – City of Kankakee (@VoteChrisCurtis) December 30, 2021
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