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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Latest Update: Officer’s death, police in search of ‘armed and dangerous’ man

BRADLEY – A longtime Bradley police officer was killed and another critically injured after he answered a call late Wednesday at the Comfort Inn at 50 in Bradley, Illinois. The identity of both the officials is being ascertained till the notification is issued.

At around 4 a.m. this morning, a police procession carried the officer’s body from Riverside Medical Center to the Kankakee County Morgue. A short time later, village officials lowered the flag to half-staff at Bradley Village Hall.

“This is a very sad and sad day for the family of Bradley Village. Our hearts and prayers are with the family members of everyone involved,” said Bradley Mayor Mike Watson.

Watson said the second officer remained in critical condition and was transferred to a Chicago area hospital.

On Wednesday night at 9:41 pm, both the officers reached the hotel on the information of dogs barking in the unclaimed vehicle. They traced the vehicle and the hotel room where the potential owner was staying.

While initiating the conversation, the officers were attacked by the occupants of the room and both were shot. They were taken to Kankaki Hospitals where one officer died.

After the shooting, the SWAT team reached the spot and the officials sanitized the hotel room room by room.

Around 4 a.m., the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department took to Facebook to enlist the public’s help in finding 25-year-old Darius D. Sullivan. An arrest warrant has been issued for Sullivan and police are also looking for another man who is believed to be involved. A news release from the Bradley Police Department.

The police say that if you encounter Sullivan, do not try to confront him as he is believed to be armed and dangerous. Rather, say police, call the Illinois State Police hotline at 815-698-2315. You can stay anonymous through that hotline or through Crimestoppers at 815-93-CRIME.

Sullivan was pictured on a warrant from the Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, June 16. He was wanted on warrant for residential burglary, theft/cheating and willful damage to property.

He was also pictured in May 2018, he is wanted on warrant for theft, theft and criminal damage to government property.

It is the first time since the death of Anthony Samfe in 1996 that Kankakee County has seen an officer being shot in the line of duty.

Samphe, a Kankaki police officer, was shot dead during a routine traffic stop on October 17, 1996. He was 26 years old and had only been on the job for two years.

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