Man accused of shooting 2 Illinois deputies caught
Oct. 17, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) — A man suspected of shooting two sheriff's deputies in suburban Chicago was arrested Thursday after residents told investigators a man fitting the suspect's description was walking on a nearby street, authorities said.
McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said Scott Peters, 52, did not resist arrest about two miles from his Holiday Hills home. Peters has not been charged yet.
Peters is suspected of firing "several rounds" from a rifle through the front door when deputies arrived at his home early Thursday in response to a request for a wellness check, Nygren said.
Peters fled, and his wife and child were in the home but unharmed, Nygren said.
One deputy was shot in the torso and leg, and was listed in serious condition after undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital, said Nygren, who noted the deputy was a 7-year veteran of the sheriff's office.
The second deputy, a 12-year veteran, was shot in the leg. She was listed in good condition, the sheriff said.
"We think they will recover," he said. "It will be a long road."
When the deputies arrived, Peters fired "several rounds through the door without opening it and kept firing through the open door," Nygren said.
Nygren said it was unclear how Peters escaped or where he may have hid before he was arrested. Peters was still wearing the shorts and T-shirt he had on in the morning, and all of the family's vehicles were accounted after the shooting, the sheriff said.
The weapon Peters allegedly used hasn't been recovered, although authorities said believe they know where it is.
Sheriff's deputies conducted a door-to-door after the shooting in Holiday Hills, a village with a population of about 600, to make sure residents were safe.
Authorities say about 250 officers from several jurisdictions — including the FBI and the U.S. Marshal Service — were involved in the search about 45 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.
Nygren said local police didn't have "much of a past history" with Peters. He said Peters is a military veteran, but didn't have details about his service history.
Nygren also said he did not know what Peters did for a living, saying only that he "may be on disability."