January 21, 2022

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Two arrested in fatal shooting of veteran Illinois police officer after 36-hour manhunt – Daily Mail

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The gunman who shot dead a veteran Illinois cop and critically wounded her young partner was tracked down after a 36-hour manhunt at an Indiana home and arrested before another suspect turned herself in, police officials said. 

Darius Sullivan, 25, was found hiding out at home in North Manchester, near Fort Waune, after a search warrant was executed by US Marshals and a SWAT team at about 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

Hours later, Xandria A. Harris, 26, turned herself in to the Bradley Police Department in the fatal shooting of Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic, 49, and her partner Tyler Bailey, 27, at a Comfort Inn motel in Kankakee, located south of Chicago.

 ‘In a multi-jurisdictional effort, two alleged cop killers have been taken into custody today and will now face justice,’ Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly said.  

Police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic, a 14-year veteran of the Bradley Police Department, was shot dead after responding to a call about a barking dog

Police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic, a 14-year veteran of the Bradley Police Department, was shot dead after responding to a call about a barking dog

25-year-old Darius Sullivan

26-year-old Xandria Harris

Police arrested Darius Sullivan and Xandria Harris in connection to the fatal shooting of 49-year-old Bradley police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic

Rittmanic, a 14-year veteran with the Bradley Police Department, and Bailey were responding to a report of dogs barking in an unattended vehicle at the motel on Wednesday when they were shot.     

The cops went to the car’s owner’s hotel room when police say Sullivan and Harris began attacking the two officers before shooting them. 

Bailey underwent surgery for head injuries and remained in very critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, officials said.   

‘The Law Enforcement family and the community lost a devoted officer, and another continues to fight for his life. The ISP will continue to offer our prayers and support to the Bradley Police Department during this difficult time,’ Kelly said

Sullivan was found at the Indiana home with 19-year-old Daniel Acros, who was also arrested. 

‘Also at the house, several weapons and narcotics were also recovered,’ Sgt. Glen Fifield with Indiana State Police said. 

Cellphone video showed the suspects walking out with their hands in the air after police cleared the home. 

Bradley Police Officer Tyler Bailey, 27 remains in critical condition after being shot in the head

Bradley Police Officer Tyler Bailey, 27 remains in critical condition after being shot in the head

Arrangements are currently being made to extradite Sullivan back to Illinois to face charges of murder and attempted murder. 

 Harris’ attorney, Phil Haddad, said she turned herself in voluntarily.

‘She maintains her innocence. She’s a mother of three children and she’s pregnant,’ Haddad said.

Harris will appear in bond court Monday, Haddad said.

Police also arrested two other suspects in Indiana connected to the case. 

Bryce Baker, 20, and Joshua Adams, 26, both from Kankakee, Illinois, were taken into custody when police spotted them driving the wrong-way during the manhunt for Sullivan. 

Their possible connection to Sullivan was being investigated, FOX 32 reported. 

‘Any time an officer is killed in the line of duty, no matter where it happens in the country, it affects all of us,’ Fifield said.  

 

 

 

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