Heartland Man Charged after Shoot Out with Police
By: Carley O'Keefe
"I don't think it was a shoot out like the O.K. Corral, but the officers showed restraint or otherwise we could have had a more serious ending for this,” said Benton Police Chief Mike O’Neill.
Police say the Christmas Day shoot out at this orient home could easily have turned deadly; either for the suspect, or one of the 19 officers responding to the call.
"They were technically under fire, and it's just a serious situation," said Sheriff Bill Wilson.
Illinois State Police investigators say the first officer on scene, Trooper Paul Moak, had a very close call when Litton allegedly shot out the car window.
"If the trooper had taken the round that came through that window, it would have been a much worse story today,” said Master Sergeant Stanton Diggs.