Three Deputies and Suspect Shot in Standoff Outside Dixon in Lost Lake


An hours-long standoff in Lost Lake ended with a shootout between deputies and the suspect when an emergency response team entered the house to check on the individual, who had threatened suicide and homicide. Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said, in a press conference Wednesday afternoon, that police responded to the 400 block of Wild Rice Lane around 8:39 AM after family members called police because the individual in the residence had threatened suicide and homicide. At 9:18 AM, the SWAT team was activated and negotiators were called to the scene. According to Sheriff VanVickle, over 50 phone calls were made to the individual in the residence in various forms, with no response. At 11:09 AM, additional resources were provided to the home to attempt to make contact with the individual, with no success.

At 11:51 AM, Sheriff VanVickle said, “Due to the lack of communication, it was determined the emergency response team would enter the house and determine the wellbeing of that individual.” Sheriff VanVickle said that deputies encountered gunfire from inside the house “immediately upon entering the house.” Three Deputies were struck by gunfire and transported to local hospitals.  The suspect was also struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital. According to Sheriff VanVickle, the deputies and the suspect were alive and in good condition when they left the scene.

Illinois State Senator Win Stoller (R-Germantown Hills) said, “As we work to gather more information about the incident near Lost Lake this afternoon, my thoughts and prayers are with the officers, their families, the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department, and all first responders on the scene. Their bravery and dedication to help keep our communities safe are deeply appreciated, especially during these challenging times.”

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Department requested the Illinois State Police conduct the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. Ogle County was assisted by Sheriff’s Departments from Lee County, DeKalb County, Carol County, and the Illinois State Police. Dixon Rural, Dixon City, Oregon, Mount Morris, and Polo Fire Departments, and medical helicopters from REACT and OSF assisted with the incident.



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