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Officer Down

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WANTED: Scott B Peters (McHenry County Sheriff's Department)

Scott B. Peters, 52, is being sought by police. Peters is white, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is 5-foot-10, and about 200 pounds.
Anyone with information should call 815-338-2144 but a news release urged that no one should attempt to confront Peters.

Suspected gunman identified after 2 sheriff's deputies shot in McHenry County


-Chicago Tribune-

Police have identified a man who allegedly shot two McHenry County sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic dispute Thursday morning in Holiday Hills in the far Northwest Suburbs.

Scott B. Peters, 52, is being sought by police, McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said. Peters is white, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is 5-foot-10, and about 200 pounds, Nygren told reporters.

"At this time we do not know where the offender is,'' Nygren said. "It's an evolving situation.''

Peters was in the military and is likely armed with a rifle, said Nygren. He is wanted for two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Shortly after 1 a.m. officers responded to 1313 W. Northeast Shore Drive, on the report of a domestic incident. When three officers got there, two deputies were shot and wounded by the suspect, Nygren said.

Peters was shooting through the door as deputies approached and then he opened the door and kept shooting, Nygren said. He hit a female officer in the leg and Nygren said she is in good condition. The male officer was shot in the leg and abdomen, and is in "serious" condition, in the intensive care unit, he said.

Peters' wife and daughter were in the home but were taken away and are safe, Nygren said.

A third officer, who was uninjured, returned fire, but Nygren said it was not known if he hit the suspect.

Anyone with information should call 815-338-2144 but a news release urged that no one should attempt to confront Peters.

One deputy, a seven-year veteran, was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in critical condition. He was later stabilized, Deputy Sheriff Andrew Thomas said.

The deputy underwent successful surgery and is in the Intensive Care Unit at Condell, officials said.

The other deputy, a 12-year veteran, was taken to Centegra Hospital in McHenry. Her condition was also stabilized.

The call to 911 came from outside the home, and the man's wife and daughter have been taken away by police, according to Sheriff's Deputy Aimee Knop. "Two people from the residence were able to safely get out," she said.

Area schools went on lockdown with the alleged shooter’s whereabouts unknown. Schools in Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 were put on “precautionary lock downs due to the ongoing police matter in Holiday Hills,” according to a post online by Superintendent Daniel Coles.

The superintendent said morning kindergarten, early childhood and early education students would have to be picked up by parents. Afternoon classes for those groups of students were canceled, Coles said.

Brian Agrella, who lives nearby, said his car was stopped by police as he headed to work Thursday morning.

"There's police cars up and down on both sides of the street," Agrella said. "I've never seen this anywhere."

Agrella, 43, said he woke to the sound of four loud "pops."

Agrella saw SWAT team officers stationed on the corner of his block.

"It's scary because where it happened, I walk my dog everyday," he said.

Nancy Bulava, 53, who lives about 2 1/2 blocks from the shooting, was awake at 1:45 a.m. because she could not sleep and heard what she thought was gunfire.

“I heard a pop-pop, pop-pop,’’ Bulava said. “I thought it was somebody duck hunting.’’
She woke up her husband up and they talked about it, but he went back to bed and she started getting ready for work.

But as soon as she tried to leave home, she saw many police officers, vehicles and what appeared to be SWAT team members near her home. Many wore helmets and were wearing “army attire,’’ Bulava said.

“There were wall-to-wall SWAT cars and police cars. It was like a movie,’’’ Bulava said.
As she drove out of her subdivision about 5:30 a.m., she pulled over and checked the Internet on her cell phone and realized two officers had been shot.

She called her boss and said she wasn't coming in, but then police would not allow her back into the subdivision.

"It was horrible,’’ Bulava said. “I was scared to death.’’

Other neighbors, including a man trying to get his wife to surgery, were stopped as well, Bulava said.

Finally, she was able to park her car and walk to her home.

Bulava said her son, who is 19, and her husband and neighbors were not allowed to leave their homes. “Some were escorted out of their homes,’’ she said.

Tribune reporters Rosemary Regina Sobol and Dan Hinkel contributed.

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