Illinois State Police officer shot in Wheeling

  • A home on Hickory Drive in Wheeling is shown Friday morning. An officer was shot and wounded while serving a warrant Thursday evening near Hickory Drive.

      A home on Hickory Drive in Wheeling is shown Friday morning. An officer was shot and wounded while serving a warrant Thursday evening near Hickory Drive. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
By Mary Chappell
Daily Herald correspondent
Updated 8/16/2019 9:39 AM

An Illinois State Police officer was shot Thursday evening in Wheeling, authorities said.

Officers were serving a search warrant at a home about 6:30 p.m. when a person fired shots from inside, striking an officer, according to a news release from the Illinois State Police.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The officer, a 32-year-old five-year veteran of the state police, was taken to an area hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, the release said.

A person was taken into custody and is expected to appear in bond court today.

"The men and women of the Illinois State Police again and again display bravery simply by doing the job they were sworn to do," said Brendan F. Kelly, acting ISP director. "This officer, and all first responders who responded today, showed uncommon valor in what is becoming an all too common situation."

The arrest warrant was being served in connection with a traffic stop earlier that day on Interstate 294. The suspect was wanted on multiple felony charges including forcible detention, aggravated assault to a police officer and aggravated unlawful restraint.

State police did not provide any more details about the traffic stop nor if the person they took into custody for the shooting was the same person they were seeking to arrest with the warrant.

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