Police department, community pull together after Carbondale officer shooting

It’s been an emotional and overwhelming few days for the crew manning the Carbondale Police Department this past week. In the days following the shooting of 26-year-old police officer Trey Harris, the community has banded together in a show of support for area officers.

It’s only been a week since Harris was shot, but Carbondale Police Sgt. Amber Ronketto says the shock of it still hits hard.

"It’s heartbreaking. I mean, we’re a large family. So, it’s just like hearing a family member is injured," Ronketto said. She says they’ve been overwhelmed by the show of support from the community, whether it’s dropping off a meal at the department or offering up a prayer to officer Harris.

"It’s overwhelming how much support we’ve received. Community members have been stepping up left and right," Ronketto said. She said on Saturday, retired officers and community members joined together in a show of support on the Carbondale pavilion. She said it was an impressive sight and one that meant a lot to both her and her fellow officers.

Ronketto described Harris as a kindhearted person, positive and happy. She said he is tremendous at his job and an asset to the department.

Harris is out of the hospital, recovering at home. But the rest of the department, as well as investigators with the Illinois State Police and surrounding agencies, has been working around the clock to find Harris’ shooter. 

"Once the shock kind of wears off, then you kind of get angry, and you want to take care of the bad guys and catch whoever did this," Ronketto said.

Ronketto said investigators have made a lot of progress over the past week, and especially over the weekend. She said they hope to soon have an update on the case and potentially bring to justice the people responsible for hurting one of their own.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police. 

The Carbondale Police Department will also have on Tuesday at 10 a.m. representatives at the Neighborhood Co-Op in Carbondale for a Coffee With A Cop event open to the public. 

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