A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed in Illinois on Tuesday evening, June 25—the fifth law enforcement officer shot and killed in just eight days across the country.
Illinois State Police said the Fulton County sheriff’s deputy was responding to a battery and disturbance call at about 2 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Avon, about 165 miles southwest of Chicago.
Multiple shots were fired and the sheriff’s office said 39-year-old Deputy Troy Chisum died.
Chisum had worked for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office for 4.5 years and was also a paramedic with Fulton County EMA.
“On behalf of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Chisum,” Sheriff Jeff Standard said in a statement. “Deputy Chisum dedicated his life to the service of his community. His legacy and sacrifice will forever be remembered,” according to Fox News.
The suspect barricaded himself in a home for hours after the shooting. Police said late Tuesday the situation was still ongoing. The incident took place in an extremely rural area.
5th officer fatally shot in last 8 days across country
Chisum is the fifth officer shot and killed in the line of duty in just over a week across the United States.
Officer John David Hetland, of the Racine, Wisconsin, Police Department, was shot and killed on June 17 while he was off-duty, but sprang into action when he saw a man robbing a bar. The 24-year veteran was shot and killed, while the suspect managed to escape.
Tara O’Sullivan, a Sacramento Police Department officer, was gunned down while responding to a domestic violence situation on June 19. The 26-year-old had been a part of the force for just six months.
Cpl. Jose Espericueta of the Mission, Texas, Police Department was shot and killed on Thursday, June 20, authorities said. The 13-year veteran, nicknamed “Speedy,” was married with two children. He was killed after a woman waved him down and said her son was shooting at her car. He then opened fire on Espericueta as he fled the scene, according to police.
Michael Langsdorf from the North County Police Cooperative was killed “execution”-style in Wellston, Missouri, on Sunday, June 23. The 40-year-old was shot in the back of the neck while lying face down on the ground after struggling with a man who had allegedly tried to cash a bad check at a grocery store.
Chisum is the 26th police officer fatally shot in 2019, and the fifth killed in June—tied for the most of any month this year.
Includes reporting from The Associated Press