2 in custody in Indiana in deadly taking pictures of Marlene Rittmanic, Bradley police officer
ABC Fort Wayne affiliate WPTA confirmed two folks linked to a Bradley police taking pictures have been taken into custody in North Manchester, Indiana.
They have been taken into custody from a house within the 1000-block of Bond Avenue.
Illinois State Police stated Darius D. Sullivan, 25, of Bourbonnais was taken into custody about 9 a.m. Preparations are being made to move Sullivan again to Kankakee County.
Police are nonetheless in search of info on 26-year-old Xandria Harris of Bradley.
It was not instantly clear who else was taken into custody Friday morning.
Bradley police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic and her associate responded to a name Wednesday evening of canine barking in an unattended automotive within the parking zone on the Consolation Inn off of Route 50, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Workplace stated. They went to the lodge room the place the automotive’s proprietor was staying when police say the folks contained in the room started attacking the 2 officers, taking pictures them.
Rittmanic, 49, was killed, and her associate, 27-year-old Tyler Bailey, was badly harm. Bailey was transported to Christ Hospital in Oak Garden, the place he underwent surgical procedure for extreme head accidents, and remained in very important situation Thursday at Advocate Christ Medical Heart in Oak Garden.
The sheriff’s workplace was providing a $25,000 reward for info that led to Sullivan’s arrest.
An arrest warrant was issued for Sullivan and Harris, in response to Illinois State Police. Harris is believed to have been within the room with Sullivan on the time of the taking pictures.
Anybody with details about the suspects is urged to name the Illinois State Police Hotline at 815-698-2315. Tipsters may stay nameless by calling that quantity or CrimeStoppers at (815) 93-CRIME.
“Please preserve the officers, their households and the Bradley Police Division in your ideas and prayers,” the sheriff’s workplace stated.
The Kankakee County group is now coming collectively to grieve and discover energy within the aftermath of this horrible tragedy.
“My son’s a Bradley police officer and he was alleged to be on shift final evening, and he took his final trip day,” Jackie Hammond stated. “So we’re grateful, however once more, it is bittersweet.”
The incident appeared to have been remoted, and police imagine there isn’t a additional risk to the group.
WATCH | Neighborhood honors Bradley police sergeant killed in line of responsibility
Pals and group members grieved the loss as native residents hung blue ribbons and indicators round city thanking the sergeant for her sacrifice. Purple bunting adorned the Bradley police station because the flag exterior flew at half-mast.
“Simply to recollect the very best cop ever with Bradley PD,” Jacqueline Jackson stated, holding a home made signal.
Lots of of individuals lined up in silence to honor Rittmanic throughout a procession that went by way of the communities of Bradley, Kankakee and Bourbonnais.
“We by no means assume a lot about these guys working round taking good care of us till this occurs, however I am simply glad to see the turnout and help,” stated Doug Brown, who got here to pay his respects.
“The folks which can be right here to guard us have been taken from us, and it is simply not proper,” Carol Chapman added.
Rittmanic first grew to become an officer in 2000 with the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Division. She had been with the Bradley Police Division for 14 years, and her niece stated she was simply 5 years away from retirement. She leaves behind her spouse, Lynette Stua.
The final time a regulation enforcement officer was killed within the line of responsibility in Kankakee County was 1996.
“We’re a group and we’re right here for each other by way of good and dangerous, however tragedy appears to carry it out of everybody,” Chapman stated.
Kankakee Mayor Chris Curtis launched an announcement on the incident on Fb, saying:
Our hearts are heavy and crammed with sorrow for our neighboring Metropolis and their police division. On behalf of the Metropolis of Kankakee we provide our prayers to the household, mates and coworkers of the fallen Bradley police officer. We additionally present steady prayer for the restoration of the opposite Bradley officer.
“On this troublesome time for our area we ask God to offer therapeutic and luxury wanted for our communities, all of the regulation enforcement brothers and sisters and the primary responders at this troublesome time.
“As Mayor of the Metropolis of Kankakee, I pledge all of our help and help in any method attainable that Village of Bradley may want or request.”
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