The Knox County Sheriff’s Department released the name of the 34-year-old Knox County deputy who was killed in the line of duty on Friday.
Nicholas D. Weist began his career with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on May 22, 2018, as a highway deputy, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Deputy Weist’s family,” the statement said.
Galesburg City Hall has been designated as a collection point for anyone wishing to support the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with food, flowers or gifts.
Illinois State Police (ISP) Area 2 Criminal Investigations (DCI) has been assigned to investigate the death of a Knox County Sheriff’s Office officer. On Friday evening, Illinois State Police sent an update on the incident in a news release.
On April 29, at approximately 8 a.m., Galesburg Police Department officers responded to a 911 call from a suspect with a firearm at the Circle K gas station on Main Street in Galesburg. Two Galesburg officers located the suspect vehicle and attempted to do a traffic stop, the statement said.
The suspect, identified as Daylon K. Richardson, 22, Granite City, Illinois, continued driving and fled north on U.S. Highway 150.
A Knox County deputy began installing spike strips at the intersection of US Highway 150 at 150 Avenue in Henry County, Illinois when he was struck by the suspect vehicle, which crashed in a field north of the intersection.
Galesburg officers apprehended Richardson after a brief foot chase, the statement said.
The Henry County State’s Attorney approved these charges: two counts of murder (a Class M felony), unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon (Class 2 felony), and aggravated flight and escape ( class 4 felony). Richardson is being held in Henry County Jail without bond.
Richardson is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing May 9 in Henry County Court. According to court records, he will be held without bond until then.
IIn Illinois, a murder charge can mean a life sentence or a sentence of at least 20 years and at most 60 years in prison.
A criminal history
Telegraph editor Ron DeBrock told Local 4 News on Saturday that he recognized Richardson’s name.
On Friday, ISP Capt. Christopher Endress said Richardson has active warrants for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, aggravated flight and escape, crimes against persons and mob action “outside southern Illinois.” , said The Telegraph.
According to The Telegraph, in March Richardson was charged in Madison County with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 2 felony, and aggravated with fleeing or attempting to evade a police officer, a Class 2 felony. 4.
On March 9, Granite City police allegedly discovered he had a .223 caliber rifle and was driving a Jaguar X. According to court documents, he attempted to flee from a Granite City police officer, reaching speeds in excess of 21 miles above posted speed. limit. His bail was set at $80,000, the Telegraph reported.
Richardson was convicted in 2017 of carjacking in St. Clair County, which prohibits him from owning weapons.