“Dracy Pendleton is no longer a threat to the communities of southern Illinois,” Illnois State Police Colonel Tad Williams said at a brief news conference near the Shawnee National Forest.
At 12:09 a.m Pendleton was seen running south from the Sulphur Springs Cemetery (in northern Pope County) carrying a rifle and a bandolier. Police lost sight of him but set up a perimeter around the area where he was and tracked him about a half-mile to an abandoned house.
FBI and state troopers cleared the area around the house and approached it about 5 a.m.
“On approach, he opened fire. One FBI agent was shot and injured,”
The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. It is believed that Pendleton was also injured at that time.
FBI and state police SWAT members surrounded the house and sent a robot in and found Mr. Pendleton’s body on the second floor.
Authorities had reason to believe that because Pendleton lived in Pope County in 2012, he may have fled there after the showdown with the officer in Mahomet.
Authorities in Illinois had been searching for Dracy “Clint” Pendleton for a week. He was wanted for shooting a Mahomet police on May 8 as reported here: Mahomet, Il. Officer shot, suspect wanted. Is armed and dangerous.