Metro-East News

State police issue alert after officer was shot


Dracy Pendleton is wanted for attempted murder of a police officer.
Dracy Pendleton is wanted for attempted murder of a police officer. Provided

The Illinois State Police have issued an alert for a man on the run after he allegedly shot a police officer on Saturday.

ISP reported that Dracy “Clint” Pendleton, 35, and a Mahomet police officer “exchanged gunfire” before Pendleton fled.

The officer, Jeremy Scharlow, who has been with the department for nine years, according to the (Champaign) News-Gazette, was shot in the arm. Police believe Pendleton was also injured, though they don’t know how or to what extent.

“(Scharlow) is in good spirits, and anxious to see this guy caught, and he understands that he has the support of a lot of people in law enforcement and the community behind him and that we’re working diligently to find this guy,” Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler told the News-Gazette.

Metzler did not tell the paper how Scharlow was injured or about details of the search for Pendleton. Calls to the Police Department from the News-Democrat on Sunday were unanswered.

The State’s Attorney Office for Champaign County, where the shooting took place, has issued a warrant for Pendleton’s arrest.

He is 5-foot-10, 155 pounds., with blond hair and blue eyes. He may be seeking medical treatment for his wounds, according to ISP, and he should be considered armed and dangerous, possibly possessing an AK-47.

Pendleton may be driving a white 2007 GMC pickup. His bond was set at $5 million.

ISP asks that anyone with information on Pendleton’s whereabouts call 217-384-TIPS or visit