Wild video captures intense shootout at home – cop shot in face, 2 other officers hit

Body cam video captured the intense moments as a man with “suicidal and homicidal ideations” turned a standoff into a shootout that hospitalized three first responders.

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(Video Credit: Ogle County Sheriff’s Office)

Wednesday, June 12 in Dixon, Illinois, the mother of 32-year-old Jonathon Gounaris contacted the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office over the violent behavior he was displaying, Within hours, his response to negotiation efforts by law enforcement would lead to a slew of charges that included four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Tuesday, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle released the body cam footage of one of his deputies from the scene as part of a Critical Incident Briefing where he broke down the timeline of events. In the video, as soon as the door to the residence was breached, shots could be heard fired from within sending first responders seeking cover.

According to VanVickle, tactical medic Tyler Carls from the Rochelle Fire Department had been hit twice in his body armor, Oregon Police Department Sgt. Tad Dominski had been shot in the upper arm and Ogle County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jason Ketter received a bullet wound on his face.

The deputy whose footage captured the scene could be seen running to aid Dominski whom he pulled away from the danger before reacting to the call for medical attention to Ketter. It was then, after it was clear that the suspect had been incapacitated, that he joined in completing field triage of the wounded man as a field bandage was applied to his face.

While Carls and Dominski were treated at the local hospital and released the same day, Ketter was medevacked to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Rockford where he underwent surgery and was released Friday.

The suspect, who had reportedly been shot in the stomach, also underwent surgery as WIFR reported that he was charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, three counts of aggravated battery, and two counts of possession without a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID).

According to VanVickle, prior to entry into the residence, they had received a call from the suspect’s mother and were “advised that her adult son was having suicidal and homicidal ideations. Deputies arrived on scene at approximately 9:05 in the morning.”

After learning that the suspect’s FOID, a necessary ID to legally possess a firearm in the state of Illinois, had been revoked “due to a third ‘present danger’ report,” the Ogle County Emergency Response Team was called to the scene, and arrived around 10:20 a.m. Just before noon, after dozens of attempts to reach the suspect over the phone, entry was authorized.

The suspect was said to have been wearing ballistic armor and in the home, authorities found multiple guns, a fixed-blade knife, and pepper spray. VanVickle requested that the ongoing investigation be conducted by the Illinois State Police.

Kevin Haggerty

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