MORRIS – A Joliet teen is in custody today after allegedly shooting a Grundy County Sheriff’s Deputy following an attempt to stop yesterday.
According to reports, the deputy attempted to pull over 18-year old Demarcus Dinwiddie around 5 pm near Route 47 Thursday afternoon. Dinwiddie fled from the deputy and got in two separate crashes, one into a ditch and another near a railroad crossing at Grand Ridge Road before finally coming to a stop near Mazon.
It was then Dinwiddie allegedly opened fire on the deputy while attempting to flee, hitting the deputy three times. Two of those shots landed on his bulletproof vest while one struck the deputy in the arm. Grundy County Sheriff Ken Briley added the suspect was within arms length of the deputy before the suspect opened fire.
“We’re very, very lucky that the ballistic vest stopped those two bullets,” Briley said, adding it was the deputy that gave vital information that helped pursue the suspect over the radio, including he was running with just one shoe.
Dinwiddie was later taken into custody after a SWAT standoff at an apartment in Mazon.
The injured deputy has been with the Sheriff’s Office for about five years and is now in good spirits recovering at the Morris Hospital.