2 held in Ill. deputy shooting, hostage standoff
The Associated Press
ARCOLA, Ill. — Two men were in custody Friday awaiting charges stemming from a wild crime spree in which authorities say they fled from a police stop, robbed a house, stole a vehicle, shot a sheriff's deputy, and one took hostages at a bank.
The spree began during a midmorning traffic stop Thursday when the suspects sped off after a drug-sniffing dog was brought in to search their car, State Police Sgt. Bill Emery said.
"His main thing was that nobody is going to get hurt, which you have a tendency not to believe in that situation," he said.
Both suspects were being held at Douglas County Jail. Authorities said they did not know which one shot the deputy.
Sheriff Charlie McGrew said Martin, a 59-year-old father of two, had one of two planned surgeries and it went "very well." The deputy was listed in critical condition Friday morning at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, said hospital spokeswoman Allison McLaughlin.Arcola, about 150 miles south of Chicago, is home to an Old Order Amish settlement. The rural area has several Amish homes, business and schools, and horse-drawn buggies are a frequent sight.
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