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UPDATE 4:48 p.m. Tuesday: Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards announced late Tuesday afternoon that the suspect in yesterday's string of crimes, 43-year-old Lee W. Kennedy, has died. He was pronounced deceased at 12:33 p.m. Tuesday. An autopsy will be performed Thursday morning, and we will have more information as it becomes available.




It was a day made for a storyline in a movie, but it all played out in Central Illinois Monday. Police apprehended a man accused of shooting three people Monday morning in Taylorville after a day of committing multiple other crimes.


After shooting the three people in a domestic dispute in a home on the 500 block of S. Walnut, Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile says 43-year-old Lee W. Kennedy then proceeded to Hillsboro where he stole a 2004 Ford Focus mid-morning Monday. Just after 3 p.m., he made his way back to Stonington to rob the Colonial Food Pantry there. Finally, shortly before 4 p.m., Kennedy took multiple police agencies on a chase into Taylorville where it ended at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. The manhunt ended with Kennedy shooting himself in the face at the hospital. He was treated at Taylorville Memorial before being transported to Memorial Health Center in Springfield.


Hile says out of all the people involved in today’s string of crimes, only the people shot this morning and Kennedy were injured.



Hile says many city, county and other police agencies were involved during the day to track down Kennedy’s whereabouts. He says the cooperation between the number of police entities involved was great work on everyone’s part.



Hile thanks all agencies involved and members of the public for their help in bringing Kennedy into custody.

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