Avon community members, officials react to nearly 19-hour standoff that left a deputy dead

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Live from Avon Police Department

AVON, Ill. —

After a nearly 19 hour long standoff, Illinois State Police say they have Nathan Woodring in custody and are taking him to McDonough County Jail.

During that standoff Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum was shot and killed when he was called to a battery and disturbance call in rural Avon.

Avon’s a small town, a tight knit group with a population of 950.

Residents say this situation was terrifying, and they’ve never seen anything like this.

“This is a peaceful community. Sure, you’ve got the pettiness, but there’s nothing really that major.”

Daniel Spiller | Lived in Avon for eight years

“Deputy Chisum dedicated his life to serving his community which is apparent by the activities that he kept. He legacy and sacrifice will forever be remembered,” said Chief Jeff Standard; Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

Tuesday police had all of Troy Road blocked off, and hhad S.W.A.T. teams searching in rural fields and woods during the standoff.

Matt Sheehan and Kyle Vincent of WMBD were evacuated from Troy Road and taken to Fairview Fire Department to keep them out of harms way.

Another man, who wished not to be identified, said he was worried for the safety of his loved ones because the area was barricaded by police.

“For me the scariest part was my family being out there, and other friends. The not knowing and not being able to get out there to them.”

He says the situation began over something minor, and turned into a tragedy, bringing a lot of heartbreak to residents in Fulton County.

“Sadness, a lot of sadness. Disbelief and anger.”

And with Avon being such a tight-knit community. Tuesday, June 26 will be a day no one ever forgets.

Many across Central Illinois have paid their respects for Deputy Chisum over the day. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office says his sacrifice and legacy will forever be remembered.

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