Weather slows down hunt for suspected shooter Pendleton
Police are asking for your help finding Dracy “Clint” Pendleton, who is charged with shooting Mahomet, Illinois, police officer Jeremy Scharlow in the arm Saturday.
State police say they believe Pendleton was shot in the neck during the exchange. Pendleton also has a previous knee injury that may cause him to walk with a limp.
He was last spotted at 9:15 a.m. Monday morning in Pope County. Police say they believe he has since shaved his beard and cut his hair.
The Shawnee National Forest closed a 640-acre piece of land Tuesday due to the manhunt, and campers say they were cleared out. The 2007 white GMC truck police say Pendleton stole has not yet been found.
Illinois State Police Capt. William Sons says they believe Pendleton is still inside the Shawnee National Forest, but the tornadoes and severe thunderstorms that swept through the area Tuesday have made their search much harder.
"He is very adept at living in the wilderness and able to survive in this type of environment,” said Sons, who is commander of Illinois State Police Districts 13 and 22. Sons says they want this to end peacefully, and they urge Pendleton to surrender himself immediately before anyone else is hurt.
Sons says Pendleton was last spotted wearing a black shirt, camouflage pants and boots. He is still believed to be armed. Anyone with information to his whereabouts is asked to contact police.