Suspect in Illinois Deputy’s Death Arrested After Barricade

AVON, Ill. (AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy was taken into custody Wednesday after barricading himself inside a home in rural western Illinois for more than 18 hours, state police said.

Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum, 39, was shot dead at about 2 p.m. Tuesday shortly after he and three other officers arrived at the home in Avon in response to a battery and disturbance call, authorities said. Multiple shots were fired before the suspect barricaded himself inside. Avon is about 165 miles southwest of Chicago.

The suspect, a 42-year-old Avon man, was taken into custody without incident at about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday and was being held at the McDonough County Jail in Macomb pending formal charges, state police said.

Chisum was a 4½-year veteran of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and a paramedic.

Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard said Chisum dedicated his life to serving his community. More than 100 law enforcement officers lined the streets Wednesday morning as a motorcade delivered Chisum’s body to a Peoria hospital, The (Peoria) Journal Star reported.

“His legacy and sacrifice will forever be remembered,” Standard said.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos called Chisum’s death a “heartbreaking reminder” of the dangers law enforcement officers face.

“Deputy Chisum was a hero and we must never forget his sacrifice,” she said.

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