CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Police in a central Illinois village searched Sunday for a suspect in a weekend shooting of a police officer.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette (bit.ly/2756XCj ) reported Mahomet officer Jeremy Scharlow, 35, was shot in the arm Saturday night outside a home. Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler said that Scharlow was recovering after being released from a hospital Sunday morning.
Metzler told the newspaper that the officer, a nine-year veteran of his department, was shot after a traffic stop initiated by a different police officer. The suspect then got into a fight with the second officer, who reportedly attempted to use a stun gun on the driver.
A Champaign County judge on Sunday issued an arrest warrant for Dracy “Clint” Pendleton, 34, of Bellflower, accusing him of aggravated battery with a firearm. The Illinois State Police said later Sunday that Pendleton, who was also believed to be wounded, has additionally been charged with attempted murder of a police officer.
Authorities. said Pendleton fled the area in a stolen pickup truck and is armed with an AK-47 assault rifle.
An extended family member told the newspaper that Pendleton had recently moved out of his marital home after separating from his wife.
Jack Dollahon said that Pendleton his grandson’s half brother works as a contractor and is a father of two sons, both under 2.
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