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Illinois State Police SWAT Assist Taylorville Police

Press Release Date: August 19, 2011    || Archived October 17, 2011
4 Hour Stand-off Ends with Armed Subject in Custody
Taylorville, IL – At approximately 8:13 a.m. Illinois State Police (ISP) responded to the scene of an armed fleeing subject.  According to witness testimony, the subject Dennis Adams, 58, of Taylorville, Illinois fled the scene of 516 West Avenue today after shooting his wife, Jolene A. Adams, 32 of Taylorville. After a four hour stand-off with police, Adams surrendered to authorities.

ISP SWAT, Air Operations and Negotiators were called to the scene to assist the Taylorville police department and several area law enforcement agencies in subduing the offender. The incident was secured at approximately 12:20 p.m.

“This is a leading example of how ISP deploys its specialized units and invaluable resources to support local area law enforcement in safeguarding Illinois communities,” said ISP Captain Michael Zerbonia. “The unique training and skills of our SWAT and Hostage Negotiators are vital assets during critical incidents.”

Adams was transported to Taylorville Memorial Hospital for observation after complaining of dehydration and a leg wound, and remains in custody. The victim was also transported to a local area hospital. 

Chief D. Herpstreith of the Taylorville Police Department remains the point of contact for the incident.  He can be reached at 217/ 824-2211.
The public is reminded that an individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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