Fugitive Wanted in Attempted Murder of Cop Is Killed in Shootout

Image: Dracy 'Clint' Pendleton
Dracy 'Clint' PendletonMahomet Police Department

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By Tim Stelloh

A fugitive wanted in the shooting of a police officer in Illinois last week was killed Sunday morning after opening fire on authorities and injuring an FBI agent, Illinois police said.

Dracy Pendleton, 35, was killed in an abandoned house near the Kentucky border, more than 200 miles south of where he shot a police officer and stole a truck, Illinois State Police said in a statement.

Dracy 'Clint' PendletonMahomet Police Department

Authorities had been chasing Pendleton since May 8. After a receiving a tip from a resident, the statement said, state police spotted him shortly after midnight Sunday in Shawnee National Forest. He was running near a cemetery with what appeared to be a rifle and a bandolier, the statement said.

After losing sight of Pendleton, authorities tracked him to the abandoned home. Around 5 a.m., as the FBI and state police approached the structure, there was "an exchange of gunfire," the statement said, adding that the agent was wounded.

NBC station WAND of Decatur reported that the agent was expected to recover.

Authorities later discovered that Pendleton had been positioned on the home's second floor with an assault-style rifle. They have not offered a motive for last week's shooting, saying only that after a "physical altercation" with an officer in the village of Mahomet, the officer tried to use a Taser on Pendleton.

Pendleton then shot the officer, a nine-year veteran, in the right arm, and fled.