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January 10, 2022

     Shear madness.  The gunman accused of killing an Illinois cop last week used the cop’s own gun in the fatal shooting after he ignored her pleas to spare her life, prosecutors said. The Kankakee County state attorney is pushing for the death penalty for the alleged shooter and an accomplice in the Dec. 29 hotel shooting that left Bradley police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic dead and her partner, Officer Tyler Bailey, critically injured.

     Darius Sullivan, 25, is accused of using his own gun to shoot Bailey in the head outside a room at the Comfort Inn, then opening fire on Rittmanic, who was hit but tried to run away. Sullivan chased Rittmanic down a hall, then disarmed her as he tried to unjam his gun, prosecutors said during a court appearance, according to the Chicago Sun-TimesHis friend Xandria Harris, 26, joined in to help get Rittmanic’s gun, then the pair stood over the wounded cop with guns drawn, Kankakee County State Attorney Jim Rowe said.

     “Sgt. Rittmanic was pleading with them to, ‘Just leave, you don’t have to do this, please just go, please don’t, please don’t,’ ” Rowe said in court Monday, according to the Sun-Times. “She was desperately pleading for her life.”  Sullivan fired two more shots from what they believe was Rittmanic’s gun, the newspaper reported. The incident was caught on the sergeant’s body camera, according to the Associated Press. All the while, Harris’ two children were inside the hotel room, according to the report. Sad, Sad, Sad.

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