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Standoff Turns Into Shoot Out In Christian County

Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014, 01:05 AM CDT
CHRISTIAN COUNTY -- Deadly shoot out leaves one person is dead, and a police officer is in
the hospital, after shots are fired at a standoff in rural Christian
County.

A call came in at 3:15am, on 1498 350 north road for a man, armed with a gun.

That's about 7 miles west of Pana.
      
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Illinois State Police (ISP) are in the initial phases of this
investigation, but they were able to piece together what happened at a
two story house in rural christian county early this morning.

Investigators say, they were already familiar with the home.

"This
doesn't very often, but law enforcement is on top of everything and we
have a great relationship with the state, the city, and the county. and
that's how we keep this county safe," Christian County Sheriff Bruce
Kettelkamp.

That cooperation was needed early this morning when
officials say a Pana police officer who worked with the Central Illinois
Enforcement Group entered a home, after receiving a man with a gun
call. Officials say the officer was shot by an armed suspect inside the
home

Authorities are not releasing the officer's identity at this
time,  but did tell us the officer is 38 years old and has been on the
force for 14 years.
 
"He's always willing to put others before
himself you know, so I'm proud of him and looking forward to seeing
him," said Daniel Bland, Pana Chief of Police.

The officer is in stable condition with non life threatening injuries at Memorial Hospital.

Police
say after shooting the officer the suspect then fled to the roof where
ISP SWAT and air teams attempted to negotiate with him. 

"The
armed subject set the roof of the residence on fire  then fired his
weapon in the direction of officers, ISP SWAT returned fire fatally
striking the armed subject," said Captain Scott Compton, Illinois State
Police.

The roof is now white with the remnants of the fire extinguisher used to put out the blaze.

Christian
County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp got emotional as he recalled how
authorities have been keeping an eye on this house for a while because
of it's connection to Methamphetamine.

"We've got some great
guys that are on the drug task force, that's what they do, they put drug
dealers in jail, We've been looking at this house for several months.
Our deputies responded, they contacted to the Central Illinois
Enforcement Group and they did a great job," said Sheriff Kettelkamp.

Investigators also questioned three other people inside the home during the standoff.

So far, no motive has been determined.Standoff Turns Into Shoot Out In Christian County


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