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Shelby County Sheriff's Office Responds To Standoff Saturday Afternoon

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department responded to a break-in on Saturday that led to a standoff. On the afternoon of Saturday, February 27th, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a burglary in progress that was occurring at a house in rural Shelby County at 800 East 1650 North. When deputies arrived on the scene, they made contact with two individuals who had illegally entered the residence. These two individuals then retreated back into the residence and barricaded themselves into a room. The male suspect told deputies he had a gun, and if they attempted to enter the room, he would shoot them.


Deputies exited the house and secured the perimeter. About 30 minutes after the initial call came in, a request was made for assistance from the ILEAS Region 9/11 Southern Illinois Response team which is a regional tactical team of various officers from different departments. With assistance from this team, the two individuals that were in the house were captured and arrested. The two were transported to the Shelby County Detention Center for processing. No injuries were reported.


Jennifer L. Jones of Pana and Dustin J. Willoughby of Sullivan were the two individuals arrested. Jones and Willoughby have multiple charges pending including burglary, criminal trespass, and two counts of threatening a police officer.  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office praised the assistance of the Moweaqua Police Department, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Ambulance Service and Dispatch Center, and the Shelby/Christian County 9-1-1 center. 


Jones made her first appearance in court on Monday. Probable Cause was found and bond was set at $30,000 with 10% to apply.  Willoughby made his first appearance in court on Monday. Probable cause was found and bond was set at $50,000 with 10% to apply. 

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