Police searching for 2 in killing of 1 cop, wounding of 2nd


BRADLEY, Ill. (WGN-TV) — Police are searching for two people after an officer was fatally shot and another was critically injured in northern Illinois.

The shooting took place in Bradley at a Comfort Inn Hotel along a highway in Kankakee County around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said officers responded to reports of dogs barking in an unattended car parked in the parking lot. When they arrived, police found the room where the car’s possible owner was staying.

Officer Marlene Rittmanic and another officer, later identified as Tyler Bailey, 27, had a conversation with multiple people inside the room and were then attacked and shot.

The two officers were transported to an area hospital in critical condition. Rittmanic was later pronounced dead. The other officer underwent surgery.

The suspect, 25-year-old Darius Sullivan, is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Police are also searching for a 26-year-old Xandria Harris.

Xandria Harris (left) and Darius D. Sullivan (right)

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call the tip line at 815-698-2315. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

At the Bradley police station, flags were flown half-staff. A procession took place for the slain sergeant at 2 p.m. It left the Kankakee County Coroner’s Office and ended at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.

Many residents came out of their homes to pay respect to the officers.

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