Police Identify Suspect Accused of Killing Illinois Deputy

A man suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy was taken into custody Wednesday after barricading himself inside a home in rural western Illinois for more than 18 hours, state police said.

Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum, 39, was shot dead at about 2 p.m. Tuesday shortly after he and three other officers arrived at the home in Avon in response to a battery and disturbance call, authorities said. Multiple shots were fired before the suspect barricaded himself inside. Avon is about 165 miles (270 kilometers) southwest of Chicago.

The suspect, identified by police as 42-year-old Nathan Woodring of Avon, was taken into custody without incident after the 19-hour standoff at about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday and was being held at the McDonough County Jail in Macomb pending formal charges, state police said.

Chisum was a 4½-year veteran of the Fulton County Sheriff's Office and a paramedic.

"On behalf of the Illinois State Police, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Fulcon County Deputy Chisum's family, friends, and extended family at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office," ISP Acting Director Brendan Kelly said in a statement. "This is the second time this year the Illinois State Police has safely apprehended an alleged cop killer....(and) mercifully this incident was concluded with no further harm to first responders, and this defendant can now be brought to justice." 

Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard said Chisum dedicated his life to serving his community. More than 100 law enforcement officers lined the streets Wednesday morning as a motorcade delivered Chisum's body to a Peoria hospital, The (Peoria) Journal Star reported.

"His legacy and sacrifice will forever be remembered," Standard said.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos called Chisum's death a "heartbreaking reminder" of the dangers law enforcement officers face.

"Deputy Chisum was a hero and we must never forget his sacrifice," she said.

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