It happened Tuesday afternoon just outside Avon, Illinois.  State police say a Fulton County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and injured when responding to a call.

The deputy was called to the area at about 2 p.m. after a call about a battery and disturbance.

Police have not said why the deputy was shot or under what circumstances.

The deputy was brought by LifeFlight to an area hospital, and we currently have no word on his condition.

Shortly after, Illinois State Police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office surrounded a house in the 5200 block of Troy Road.  They were joined by several special tactics police teams including ones reportedly from Macomb and Peoria.

 

Teams were staging in Ellisville, and one officer said they were using a Bearcat armored car to bring the negotiator closer to the house to try and end a standoff.  Other sources say that armored car was being used to get to the downed deputy.

 

Local media reports that another officer noted over the open radio scanner that they had a run in with the same person about a year ago, and had to negotiate with him via cell phone.

Sources say two people were brought to the Galesburg Police Department after being potentially linked to the incident.

According to Galesburg police Lt. James Bradford, those two were being interviewed by other law enforcement agencies.  As of Tuesday afternoon, no arrests had been made.

But Avon Police Chief Don Shamblin said Tuesday afternoon there’s no cause for concern.

“I don’t believe the public’s at risk at this time.”

In the meantime in Cincinnati, police have surrounded a man who has been on the run for 19 days after authorities say he shot at an officer and then escaped.

Police say on June 6, 27-year-old Jacob Ray Julick opened fire on Lakeside Park police officers after they pulled him over in Erlanger.

The stop happened on Dixie Highway near Short Hill Lane, by the Speedway gas station.

Police say he pulled out a gun and fired at officers, then took off on foot. 

Over the past several days, he’s been spotted in the area.

On Tuesday afternoon, Cincinnati Police told various media outlets that Julick is surrounded.  He’s in an apartment in the Westwood neighborhood.

Police say Julick is from the Florence area, and has a history of arrests.  He’s faced charges related to burglary, theft, and drugs.  Authorities now say he has been charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and first-degree persistent felony offender.  If convicted, he faces 20 to 50 years or life in prison.

We’ll update you as details become available.

In another major arrest this week, police cuffed a man who they’re calling a fugitive from justice after the tragic deaths of seven Marines on Friday.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy

 

Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, from West Springfield, Massachusetts was the truck driver accused in the deadly crash that happened on Friday.  He appeared in court on Monday.  And we’re learning tonight that, according to police, he has a history of drunk driving.

This, after the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office said that Zhukovskyy was arrested Monday morning at his West Springfield home.

One of the charges?  A fugitive from justice charge.

“That charge is based on an arrest warrant that had been issued on June 24, 2019, charging him with seven counts of negligent homicide,” the A.G.’s office said in a statement.
 
On top of that, Massachusetts State Police found wax packets at Zhukovskyy’s house.  They contain residue that is believed to be heroin.  While he hasn’t been charged on a drug offense, that will change if lab tests are positive for narcotics.

Now he’ll have to be extradited to New Hampshire to face the charges against him, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Police say  on Friday night, Zhukovskyy was driving a 2016 Dodge 2500 on Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire.  It was towing a trailer used to haul cars.


 

They said he was driving westbound when he crashed into a group of motorcycles driving in the opposite direction.  Police do not know why he crossed the center of line.

When emergency crews arrived, the pickup truck was on fire and onlookers had rushed in to try and help the drivers who were thrown all over the road.

 

Seven people were killed.  New Hampshire State Police identified the victims:

  • Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, NH
  • Albert Mazza Jr., 59, of Lee, NH
  • Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, NH
  • Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, NH
  • Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, RI
  • Jo-Ann and Edward Corr, both 58, of Lakeville, MA

 

Two of the people hurt in the crash – Joshua Morin of Dalton and Steven Lewis of Brimfield- were from western Massachusetts.

Mortin is still in the hospital, while Lewis was treated and released.

The tragic accident involved members of a motorcycle club in New England that includes marines and their spouses.  It’s called Marine Jarheads MC.

According to police records, Zhukovskyy was arrested on drunken driving charges last month.  He was ALSO arrested on drunken driving charges in 2013.  And in 2012, he was involved in an accident.

Despite the fact that he was charged with on OUI last month, he was driving for Westfield Transport at the time of the crash.  

Those records show police in East Windsor, Connecticut stopped him on May 11 of this year, and that he was also arrested for drunken driving in 2013 in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Witnesses of Friday’s crash described it as an absolutely “devastating” scene.

“It’s tragic,” New Hampshire State Police Capt. Chris Vetter told reporters during a late news conference. “It’s tragic for those involved, tragic for the families, so we’re doing our job, we’re doing our work, and our thoughts are with the people who were adversely affected by this.”

Large parts of the rural two-lane highway were closed overnight as investigators comb the scene for clues about what caused the crash.

The town of Randolph is about a two-hour drive north of Concord, the capital, and a three-hour drive from Boston.

“There was debris everywhere,” said Miranda Thompson, 21, of Manchester, who was several cars back and recalled seeing a truck in flames on the side of the highway and six motorcycles.

Other drivers pulled over and tried to help the wounded.

“People were in the grass. There were people putting tourniquets on people, trying to make sure they didn’t move,” she said. “You could tell people were lost who it happened too … It was a sad day for all of them.”

Jerry Hamanne is the co-owner of a nearby bed-and-breakfast that was hosting one of the bikers in the group.  Hamanne said he and a doctor also staying at his inn rushed to the scene to help.

He said many others tried to help as well, but some people were already dead.

“It was so devastating to see the bodies on the road,” Hamanne said. “My God, I don’t want to see something like this again.”

The accident happened only 500 feet from one of the locations where most of the motorcyclists were staying, Hamanne said.

 

Charlie St. Clair is the executive director of Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, which hosts one of the state’s biggest rallies in June.

St. Clair said he couldn’t recall an accident like this ever before involving bikers in the state.

He said he wasn’t on the scene, but spent the night fielding calls.

That’s when he heard the riders were mostly Marine veterans who belonged to the same motorcycle club.

“This is staggering and it’s tragic beyond description,” St. Clair said. “You have a bunch of people out for a ride enjoying one of the first nice days we had. To have this happen, it defies logic quite frankly.”

Miranda Thompson was only a few cars behind the accident and told local she saw “motorcycles dumped all over the road.”

“You could see people on the phone frantically calling, people pacing back and forth and just, they were lost,” she said.  ”Everybody got out of their car and helped, got blankets and first-aid kits. Everyone went into action and just helped.”

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu took to Twitter with his condolences.

 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and first responders who answered the call. State officials are on the scene and assisting as the situation develops,” he wrote on Twitter.

He said he and his wife are praying.

“Valerie & I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic motor accident that occurred in Randolph tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, & first responders who answered the call. State officials are on the scene & assisting as the situation develops.”

An online fundraising page has been set up to help with funeral costs and has already raised more than $330,000.

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