Suspect wanted over twin shootings in Clinton, Iowa now dead following standoff with police in Illinois

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 July 8, 2023

Local and state law enforcement agencies in Iowa and neighboring Illinois were engaged in a manhunt over the July 4 holiday for a suspect wanted in connection with a pair of shootings in Clinton, Iowa, one of which ultimately proved fatal.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that the manhunt was over following confirmation that the wanted suspect, Randy Allen Jackson, 39, had been shot and killed during a standoff with Illinois law enforcement, according to an update from the Clinton Police Department.

Arrest warrant issued, manhunt launched in connection to two shootings

The series of events began on the evening of July 2 when Clinton police were called to a hospital in response to an unidentified man who had been shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and who indicated that he knew his assailant, Jackson.

Roughly five hours later, in the early hours of July 3, officers were summoned back to that same hospital in response to a woman, identified as Emma Chadwick, 20, who had been shot several times just outside of the hospital and was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospital in critical condition.

According to a report later that day from local NBC affiliate KWWL, investigators swiftly linked Jackson to both shootings, and an arrest warrant for attempted murder was issued.

Per the update from the police, both the public and other police departments in the surrounding area were alerted of Jackson's wanted status and that he was considered armed and dangerous.

Shot and killed in a standoff in Illinois

According to the Clinton Police update, Jackson was spotted later on July 3 near Danville, Illinois, and a pursuit then ensued that involved the Danville Police, deputies from two separate county sheriff's offices, and Illinois State Police troopers that eventually transitioned from vehicles to a foot pursuit.

Jackson was eventually found holed up inside a detached garage and a standoff commenced that involved multiple agencies, crisis negotiators, and an ISP SWAT team.

The suspect reportedly refused to comply with orders from police, however, and shots were eventually fired. A wounded Jackson was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries but he was pronounced dead shortly after 6 am on July 4.

According to local ABC affiliate WQAD, the Champaign County coroner in Illinois positively identified the deceased individual as the wanted suspect Jackson. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday and the investigation reportedly remains open and ongoing.

Was already wanted on a prior arrest warrant out of Illinois

Interestingly enough, the Quad City Times in Iowa reported that while an arrest warrant had been issued in connection with the two shootings in Clinton, Jackson was already a wanted man with a warrant out for his arrest in Rock Island County in Illinois.

Jackson had been arrested and charged on March 30 in Rock Island County for the manufacture and delivery of crack cocaine and for being an "armed habitual offender," felonies in the state that carry a 6-30 year prison sentence if convicted. He was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, a charge that carries a 2-5 year sentence if convicted.

The alleged armed drug dealer had been released from the county jail on April 27 after a $50,000 bond was posted and was due back in court in Rock Island for a July 13 hearing, but obviously skipped out on his bond and fled Illinois to Iowa, hence the warrant for his arrest.

As for Jackson's two victims in Clinton, the man who suffered non-life-threatening injuries is expected to survive but, unfortunately, the Clinton Police update noted that the female victim, Emma Chadwick, had succumbed to the multiple gunshot wounds she suffered and passed away on the afternoon of July 5 in the Iowa City hospital.

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