Paper's records request reveals 2016 gunfight details

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND)- Illinois State Police have released newly unredacted records related to a 2016 manhunt that began in Mahomet and ended in Pope County.

Authorities say Dracy “Clint” Pendleton shot a Mahomet police officer in May 2016 and fled to Southern Illinois. Pendleton died after a gunfight with authorities days later.

After an initial public records request for documents related to the manhunt and shootout, the Champaign News-Gazette received around 1,200 pages of documents. The newspaper appealed redactions made to field reports about the gunfight, and the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor ruled that many of those redaction were improper.

In a story published online Sunday, the News-Gazette reports some details that had been previously redacted, including statements from officers involved in the gunfight. The paper says the documents still do not make clear whether Pendleton died of a self-inflicted wound or whether he died of a shot fired by authorities.

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