DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced Friday that Attempted Murder charges (Class X Felony) have been filed against Heidi Till, 45, of 329 S. Lincoln Street, Westmont, for allegedly firing a handgun at police officers.
Police say that in the early afternoon of June 1, Till called 911 and told the dispatcher that she had a gun and was going to kill herself.
Officers were dispatched to Till’s residence where they say they found Till on the back porch of her home with a loaded handgun.
One of the officers briefly engaged Till in conversation before she allegedly opened fire.
Till allegedly fired the gun three times, the third shot while pointing the gun in the officer’s direction.
Both officers then returned fire striking Till in her head and chest. Till was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for her injuries. She has been home from the hospital for approximately one month and is confined to her home due to her medical condition.
“The allegations against Ms. Till are very serious and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Berlin said. “I would like to thank the Westmont Police Department for their outstanding work in this case. Because of their swift and professional response, Ms. Till was taken into custody before any innocent people were injured. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Ken Tatarelis for his efforts in holding Ms. Till accountable for her actions.”
Till turned herself in to the Westmont Police Department this morning where she posted 10 percent of her $50,000 bail. She will remain confined to her home due to her medical condition, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. Her next court appearance is scheduled for October 29 in front of DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman.
“I would like to thank the Illinois State Police and DuPage County States Attorney's Office for their independent investigation of this incident,” Westmont Chief of Police Tom Mulhearn said. "I am very grateful that no innocent bystanders, residents and especially our officers were injured during this dangerous situation. We look forward to working closely with the States Attorney's office as this prosecution progresses."
A Class X Felony is punishable by up to 6 to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
*The above was a media announcement from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.
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