BENSENVILLE, IL – An officer in Illinois is recovering after being shot eight times after responding to a domestic disturbance complaint. By some miracle, he survived and is said to be improving each day.
— DomesticGunViolence (@DomesticGun) November 19, 2021
On November 7th, Bensenville Police Officer Steven Kotlewski was dispatched to a reported domestic disturbance in the 100 block of South York Road just before 1 am. After Kotlewski arrived on the scene, he made contact with 21-year-old Kiante Tyler.
At some point during the interaction, Tyler is accused of pulling a firearm and shooting at Kotlewski ten times, striking him eight. Officers who were in the area heard the gunshots and responded to aid Kotlewski.
Officers who rendered aid reported that Kotlewski was bleeding heavily and they utilized tourniquets to his legs to stop the bleeding until they were able to load him into a police vehicle and rush him to a nearby Fire Department.
Kotlewski’s father-in-law, Dave Stachura, said:
“If they didn’t put tourniquets on them [leg injuries], he’d have died.”
A Bensenville police officer who was shot during a domestic disturbance earlier this month is said to be improving and in good spirits. https://t.co/NcLYxILHE1
— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) November 18, 2021
Kotlewski suffered a total of eight gunshot wounds, six total in both legs and once in the back which made its way under his bullet-resistant vest. Another round struck the vest but did not appear to have penetrated.
Medics arrived and transported the officer to a nearby hospital and remained conscious and in good spirits until he was taken into surgery. Stachura said:
“He’s a lucky boy. He’s got a lot of rehab ahead of him.”
Tyler was located and taken into custody shortly after the shooting without further incident.
He has been charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated battery to a police officer with a firearm, and two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer. He has not been charged by the prosecutor with a hate crime.
Tyler was denied bond at his first appearance and does not have another court date until December.
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) November 18, 2021
Kotlewski has undergone several surgeries up to this point for his legs, colon, liver, kidney, diaphragm, and pelvis. It is unclear whether the surgeries he has already had will be enough or there will be more needed in the future.
Kotlewski’s sister-in-law, Ellie Murphy, started a GoFundMe to benefit him and his wife cover medical expenses and any other financial burdens they will receive as a result of this incident. In the post, she wrote:
“Steven is a twelve-year veteran of the Bensenville police department. He was the first to respond to a domestic call early morning on November 6th. Steven was shot multiple times while responding to this call. We’re all still in shock over this tragedy.
We’d like for people to understand these stories you hear on the news of law enforcement officers getting injured in the field are not just cops. They’re sons & daughters, they’re husbands & wives, and they’re parents and friends to many.
They are human beings doing their job to protect and serve our communities and keep us safe.”
Murphy then explained how Kotlewski’s wife, Crystal, is a dedicated stay-at-home mother because of the need to take care of the couple’s special needs son Joel. Of course, any potential added expense on any family is hard, but when there can only be one income being provided to a family, it hits even harder.
That is why the family is completely thankful and in awe of the outpouring of love and support, they have received. As of this writing, the GoFundMe account has raised over $170,000 of the $5,000 goal that it started with and is rising.
All of the monies donated will go toward paying for Kotlewski’s medical, rehabilitation, and any other expenses needed so that his family is provided for while this hero recovers.
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The original incident occurred on the 13th near Shaniko as a deputy with the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office attempted to take the alleged suspect, Logan Cantwell, into custody for an unspecified offense.
Before the deputy could affect the arrest, Cantwell allegedly jumped out of his vehicle and began firing on him. Thankfully, no one was hit by the bullets that Cantwell allegedly fired.
Multiple law enforcement agencies descended upon the area in attempts to get him to bed down. For several hours, search crews scoured the area, including a SWAT team from the State Police. All efforts to locate him failed and the perimeter was shut down.
At one point, on the 15th, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible report of Cantwell as a male, who matched his description, was seen attempting to steal a vehicle in the Corbett and Bridal Veil neighborhoods. The Multnomah Sheriff’s Office issued a shelter in place order for the surrounding areas until they were positive that the suspect was no longer in the area.
The District Attorney for Wasco County, Matthew Ellis, issued a press release concerning Cantwell. His office said:
“Today, Wasco County District Attorney Matthew Ellis announced that Logan Cantwell is being charged with Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Attempt to Elude.”
When asked specifically about the case at a press conference, Ellis said:
“When he [Cantwell] got out of the vehicle, he fired shots at the deputy’s vehicle, striking the vehicle multiple times in the driver side area by the windshield.”
When Ellis was asked if Cantwell should be considered armed and dangerous prior to his arrest, he responded:
“He was willing to fire shots at a sheriff’s deputy, and we are afraid that he’s probably going to do it again to avoid capture. I would ask that people do not approach him. Do not try to take justice into your hands. Please just contact law enforcement and give them the most details that you can about his whereabouts.”
News broke of Cantwell’s during the afternoon of November 17th when it was announced by Skamania County Sheriff’s Office. The Undersheriff for Skamania County, Pat Bond, reported that Cantwell was taken into custody without incident following a brief standoff at the Viewpoint Apartments.
Bond noted that it was help from the community that lead them to the Viewpoint Apartments. A regional SWAT team was activated and responded to the scene. Based upon the threat to the community, Bond advised that they issued a shelter-in-place for the community in the Stevenson community.
Bond said that Cantwell will be held at the Skamania County Jail until an extradition hearing can be had which will determine when he will be sent back to Wasco County to answer their charges. In addition to the charges issued by Wasco County, Bond advised that they also held two active felony warrants for theft and one misdemeanor warrant in their county.
Bond expressed gratitude from members of the community as well as the other multiple law enforcement agencies that assisted. Bond noted the FBI, US Marshals, as well as many other local police agencies assisted. Bond said:
“We appreciate the support of our community partners.”
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