Sheriff Bill Prim of the McHenry County Sheriff Department in Illinois sadly reports the death of Deputy Dwight Maness.
Deputy Maness, 47, died as a result of complications of a gunshot wound he sustained eleven months ago while he was investigating a domestic disturbance call.
Deputy Maness and other deputies initially responded to a welfare check call where they were informed that a friend of the suspect was concerned for his welfare and that he had been in a continuing domestic disturbance.
Deputies contacted the subject and were told that their assistance was not needed. The officers were invited into the home and suddenly the suspect brandished an assault rifle and opened fire on the officers as they stood in the doorway. Two deputies were struck multiple times by gunfire as they took cover. A third Deputy returned fire on the suspect as an officer from Island Lake Police Department pulled Deputy Maness out of the line of fire. The suspect was able to escape from the scene, but was apprehended a short time later.
Deputy Maness underwent multiple surgeries as a result of the shooting. Deputy Maness required the use of a walker and a wheelchair for mobility purposes and he was in a rehabilitation session when he died.
Deputy Maness served the McHenry County Sheriff Department for eight years. He served as Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member and a First Aid Instructor for the Department. He served for 20 years in the U.S. Army and qualified as a Ranger. He retired after serving overseas in Operation Desert Storm at the rank of Sergeant First Class. Deputy Maness is survived by his wife, son, stepchildren, sister, three brothers, parents, and stepmother.
Deputy Sheriff Dwight Maness-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Monday, September 14, 2015.
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