The Grundy County Sheriff’s Deputy who shot by a Will County teenager is expected to make a full recovery. That’s according to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office as they gave an update on Saturday, October 9th.
Sheriff officials say Deputy Tyler Post initiated a traffic stop on a red Kia operated by DeMarkus Denwiddie, 18, of Joliet in the area of Route 47 and Dupont Road for speeding around 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, October 7th. Denwiddie then fled from the scene, ran off the roadway into the ditch near Illinois Route 113, but recovered and continued onto Route 47. Denwiddie then got into an accident near the railroad crossing at Grand Ridge Road. in Mazon and then fled on foot.
During the foot pursuit with Denwiddie, Post, who was within a few feet of the suspect, was struck three times by gunfire. Post was shot in the arm, chest and back area. Two of those rounds were stopped by Deputy Post's bulletproof vest.
In the process of firing the gun, Denwiddie also shot himself in the left arm. Post was transported to Morris Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and several other police agencies received information that Denwiddie was held up in an apartment on Depot Street in Mazon and was suffering from a gunshot wound.
With the assistance of the Will County SWAT Team, hostage negotiators, the Illinois State Police and others, Denwiddie surrendered without incident. Denwiddie from Joliet was transported to St. Joe's Hospital in Joliet. Denwidde was charged with three counts of Attempted Murder, three counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Weapon and three counts of Aggravated Battery/Using Deadly Weapon, all class X felonies.
WCSJ learned that Denwiddie is being lodged at the Kendall County Jail and his bond was set at $10 million.