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IL Officer Pleaded For Life Before Being Shot With Her Own Gun

A police officer in Bradley, Il., pleaded for her life before she was fatally shot with her own gun at a hotel, prosecutors said, NBC News reports. Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe shared new details of Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic's last moments, saying he is asking prosecutors to pursue the death penalty for Darius Sullivan, 25, and Xandria Harris, 26, who have been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder. Rittmanic, 49, was fatally shot and her partner, Tyler Bailey, was critically injured after they responded to a call at a Comfort Inn in Bradley, 60 miles south of Chicago, on Dec. 29. The call was about dogs barking in an unattended vehicle in the parking lot.

The officers found the possible owners of the vehicle in a room in the hotel and talked to them from outside the door. The subjects stepped out of the room and shot both officers. “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. Sullivan was arrested Friday after authorities with a warrant searched a home in North Manchester, In. Harris turned herself in to the Bradley Police Department on Friday. Sullivan is charged with six counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. Harris is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. Both cases will go before a grand jury this month. Harris is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 27.


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