Illinois State Police say a man wanted for shooting a police officer in Champaign County last Sunday has been found dead in southern Illinois. 35-year-old Dracy “Clint” Pendleton had eluded police for a week until someone recognized him over the weekend in Pope County near the Shawnee National Forest.
State Police say a resident spotted Pendleton over the weekend and contacted authorities. Shortly after midnight Sunday, ISP SWAT officers discovered Pendleton running from the Sulphur Springs Cemetery into the woods and he appeared to be armed. Officers tracked him to a nearby abandoned house and surrounded the area. Around 5am Sunday, officers began approaching the structure and say Pendleton opened fire. Police responded with return fire and during the exchange one officer was shot and injured. A remote control robot was sent into the home and found Pendleton’s body lying on the floor of the second story. Emergency responders were called in and Pendleton was pronounced dead. The investigation into the Sunday incident continues.