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On March 19, 2016, at approximately 5:40 a.m., Park Forest Police were on scene at a vacant residence on the 300 block of Neola St. investigating a break-in to the structure and a stolen vehicle found at that location. When it was learned that a person was inside of the vacant residence, a perimeter was set up around the building. A suspect exited the home and as officers attempted to detain him. He produced a handgun and began firing on officers. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect. One officer, Timothy Jones, suffered life-threatening injuries in the exchange of gunfire, and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Officer Jones was transported to St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields and then air lifted to Christ Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery for a gunshot wound to the head. He remains in critical but stable condition.
The suspect was identified as Thurman Reynolds, age 21, of Park Forest. The firearm used by Reynolds was recovered at the scene and was found to have been reported stolen out of Texas. Reynolds was also found to be in possession of a second firearm.
Officer Jones has been a member of the Park Forest Police Department for one year, and comes from a police family.
The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force, per protocol.
The Park Forest Police Department would like to thank the Park Forest Paramedics and emergency personnel of both St. James Hospital, Olympia Fields Campus, and Christ Medical Center for their life-saving efforts performed on Officer Jones, as well as the numerous surrounding agencies, including the Matteson Police Department, Richton Park Police Department, Olympia Fields Police Department, ESDA units, and the Southcom Dispatch Center. The Park Forest Police Department also recognizes the incredible work of its own personnel throughout this tragic incident.