UPDATE, 5:55 p.m. April 29 – A suspect is in custody in connection with the Friday morning death of a Knox County Deputy.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Zone 2 was asked to investigate an officer-involved death of a Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy. On Friday evening, Illinois State Police sent an update about the incident in a news release.

On April 29, about 8 a.m., Galesburg Police Department Officers responded to a 911 call of a suspect with a gun at the Circle K Gas Station on Main Street in Galesburg. Two Galesburg Officers located the suspect vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop, the release says. 

The suspect, identified as Daylon K. Richardson, 22, Granite City, Ill., continued to drive and fled north on U.S. Highway 150.

A Knox County Deputy began setting up spike strips at the intersection of U.S. Highway 150 at 150 Avenue in Henry County, Illinois, when he was struck by the suspect vehicle, which crashed in a field north of the intersection. 

Galesburg Officers apprehended Richardson after a brief foot pursuit, the release says. 

“Today, law enforcement of Knox County, and all of Illinois, are hurting after suffering a tremendous loss with the line of duty death of a Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly. “The State Police extend our heartfelt prayers, support, and love to the Knox County Deputy’s family, friends, and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.  There is no safety or justice without the law, there is no law without law enforcement, and there is no law enforcement without brave souls like this Knox County Deputy. The Illinois State Police are working with our local law enforcement partners to investigate this terrible crime and pursue maximum justice under the law.”

Knox County has requested the ISP to investigate the incident. Numerous law enforcement agencies are assisting on the scene and include Knox County, Galesburg Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, McDonough County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Geneseo Police Department.

The Henry County State’s Attorney approved these charges: two counts of murder (Class M Felony), unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon (Class 2 Felony), and aggravated fleeing and eluding (Class 4 Felony). Richardson is being held at the Henry County Jail without bond.

The Galesburg City Hall has been designated as the collection point for anyone who wants to support the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with food, flowers, or gifts.

Richardson is set for a preliminary hearing May 9 in Henry County Court. According to court records, he will be held without bond until then.

In Illinois, a murder charge can mean a life sentence or a sentence of not less than 20 years and not more than 60 years in prison.

UPDATE, 5:35 p.m. April 29 – The law enforcement community responds to the loss of a deputy killed in the line of duty.

From Moline Police

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From Galesburg Firefighters Association

UPDATE, 2:24 p.m. April 29 — Henry County State’s Attorney Catherine Runty will be releasing the name of this morning’s suspect, along with charges that have been filed in the incident, at a 5:30 p.m. press conference today at Galesburg City Hall.

EARLIER: There was a large police presence along U.S. 150 Friday morning, as police have shut down the road between Route 17 and the town of Alpha in Henry County.

Police closed US 150 between Route 17 and Alpha in Henry County on Friday, April 29, 2022 (photo by Bryan Bobb).

Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Zone 2 was requested to investigate an officer-involved death of a Knox County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Deputy.

The scene of the incident where a Knox County Sheriff’s deputy was killed on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Oxford Road and U.S. 150 near Alpha (photo by Bryan Bobb).

On April 29, 2022, at approximately 8 a.m., Galesburg Police Department (GPD) Officers responded to a 911 call of a suspect with a gun at the Circle K Gas Station on Main Street in Galesburg, police said Friday. Two Galesburg Officers located the suspect vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect continued to drive and fled north on US 150.

A KCSO Deputy began setting up spike strips at the intersection of US 150 at 150th Avenue, in Henry County, when he was struck by the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle crashed in a field north of the intersection.  GPD Officers apprehended the suspect after a brief foot pursuit.

The Illinois State Police are terribly sorry to report the Deputy was killed in the line of duty, the release said.

The KCSO has requested the ISP DCI Zone 2 to investigate the incident.  Numerous law enforcement agencies are assisting on scene to include, KCSO, GPD, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, McDonough County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and the Geneseo Police Department.

The name of the offender and the name of the Knox County Deputy are not being released at this time.

“We understand members of our law enforcement community and the public want answers,” police said in the release. “The investigative team will be working around the clock to get those answers and we will update everyone in the hours and days ahead.”

The Galesburg City Hall has been designated as the collection point for anyone wishing to support the KCSO with food, flowers, or gifts