A Mt Pleasant man has died following a series of incidents that ended in a 6 hour standoff in Eastern Adams County Illinois.
24 year old Benjamin J. Biggs, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa has died of a gunshot wound, but it is not yet confirmed whether the shot was from an exchange of fire, or was self-inflicted.
According to reports, Biggs had stolen an SUV from Quincy, Illinois, Wednesday afternoon, and led authorities on a high speed chase with gunfire. As the events unfolded, Biggs shot, and struck Quincy Police Officer Tom Miller. The bullet hit Miller’s equipment belt. Miller was taken for medical treatment and released.
The chase continued, to Highway 104 around the town of Kingston, Ill, where a car accident left Biggs to flee on foot in a residential area.
During the search of the area, as officers entered the unoccupied residence where Biggs was hidden, there was an altercation, and firefight inside the house. Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Joe Lowmeyer, was shot in the chest, but was wearing a bulletproof vest. He was taken to the hospital for observation, and released.
Biggs stayed holed up in the house for about six hours before a camera, put in place by police, spotted the suspect in a second floor room, not moving. Biggs was pronounced dead shortly after 11pm Wednesday evening.
The investigation into the incident continues.