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Suspects in Bradley, IL police officers shooting arrested; pursuit and two arrests in Fulton Co.

Law enforcement in Fulton County contributed to arrests of suspects connected to the shooting and killing of one officer and injuring another in Bradley, Illinois.


Pictured:  Darius Sullivan


About 3:30 am Friday the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Rochester.  A car and foot pursuit followed with two men taken into custody.


Indiana State Police confirm that a handgun and narcotics were recovered. Bryce Baker, 20, and Joshua Adams, 26, both of Kankakee, have been charged with possession of stolen property, possession of a handgun without a license and resisting law enforcement.


By 9:30 am Friday, officers with the U.S. Marshall’s Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force requested the assistance of the Indiana State Police SWAT to serve a search warrant on a residence located at 1001 N. Bond St., North Manchester.  During the execution of that warrant, two individuals were taken into custody without further incident.


Several weapons and narcotics were recovered.


One of the individuals, Darius Sullivan, 26, from Kankakee, had active warrants for First Degree Murder, Attempted Murder, and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.  These charges stemmed from the murder of Sergeant Marlene Rittmanic and the injuries to Officer Tyler Bailey, both of the Bradley Police Department.  At last report, Officer Bailey was in critical condition.


Sullivan was held at the Wabash County Jail pending his return to Kankakee.


Indiana State Police wouldn’t comment on the Illinois State Police investigation but did confirm Sullivan is the suspect in the shooting of the Bradley officers.  No explanation was given for Sullivan or the other suspects connection to the location in North Manchester.


Also arrested at the residence was Daniel Acros, 19, from Kankakee.  He is preliminarily charged with weapon and narcotic charges in Wabash County, IN as a result of the search warrant.


A woman wanted by authorities, Xandria Harris, has since turned herself in to Bradley Police.


This is an ongoing investigation by the Illinois State Police. 


Assisting at the North Manchester scene were the following agencies:  Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Akron Police, Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Warsaw Police Department, North Manchester Police Department, Akron Police Department, North Manchester Fire Department, Manchester University Security, Lutheran EMS, and the Wabash Fire Department. 


Anyone with information about the suspects is urged to call the Illinois State Police Hotline at 815-698-2315. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by calling that number or CrimeStoppers at (815) 93-CRIME.