As reported earlier on WGEL, Saturday, May 7, at approximately 10:45 p.m., a Mahomet police officer stopped Dracy “Clint” Pendleton for a traffic violation. During a physical altercation, the officer was shot in the right arm and Pendleton retreated to his home and got an assault rifle then fled to a nearby quarry. He stole one of the quarry’s company trucks and fled to Southern Illinois.
Pendleton was seen by a nearby resident in the Shawnee National Forrest, Lusk Creek Wilderness area of Pope County, who reported him to local authorities. Law enforcement officers searched for Pendleton since Sunday, May 8.
Sunday, May 15, at about 12:09 a.m., Illinois State Police SWAT officers observed Pendleton running south from the Sulphur Springs Church Cemetery into the woods with what appeared to be a rifle and a bandolier of ammunition. He was tracked about half a mile to an abandoned house. At about 5:00 a.m., officers cleared the area. When officers approached the house, Pendleton opened fire and during the exchange of gunfire, one FBI SWAT operator was shot and injured.
FBI and Illinois State Police formed a perimeter around the house and sent in a remote controlled robot which discovered Pendleton’s body on the second floor along with the rifle. Officers entered the house and confirmed his identity. EMS personnel were called to the scene who pronounced Pendleton deceased. Illinois State Police continue the investigation of several crime scenes.