Marlene Rittmanic's wounded partner is still fighting for his life

Wounded partner of slain Illinois cop Marlene Rittmanic is still fighting for his life after being gunned down by career criminal who chased them through a motel and executed her in cold blood over a call about his barking dogs

  • Tyler Bailey was shot in the head on December 30 while responding to a call at the Comfort Inn 
  • He was with Sergeant Marlene Rittmanic, who was also shot and who died 
  • The pair were gunned down by Darius Sullivan and his girlfriend Xandria Harris
  • They were responding to a call about the couple’s dogs which were left in the motel parking lot in a car and were barking 
  • Bailey survived being shot and is in the hospital but his family said on Wednesday that he remains ‘far from being out of the woods’
  • Rittmanic’s funeral will take place in Boubonnais, Illinois, on Friday 

The wounded partner of slain Illinois police officer Marlene Rittmanic is still fighting for his life in the hospital and is ‘far from out of the woods’, according to his family.

Tyler Bailey was shot in the head along with Rittmanic when Darrius Sullivan, a 25-year-old career criminal, and his pregnant 26-year-old girlfriend Xandria Harris emerged from their room. 

The officers knocked on the door of their room at the Comfort Inn in Bradley, Illinois, for 14 minutes before Harris cracked the door open, only enough to slip through while still protecting Sullivan inside, on December 30. 

The two police officers were responding to a call about the couple’s barking dogs which they’d left in their car in the parking lot of the motel but Sullivan is the subject of multiple arrest warrants. 

When he finally swung the door open, Sullivan was brandishing a 9mm handgun. 

He first shot Bailey in the head then chased Rittmanic down the hall and shot her in multiple times while she lay on the ground begging for her life. 

Tyler Bailey was shot in the head along with Marlene Rittmanic (right) when Darrius Sullivan, a 25-year-old career criminal, and his pregnant 26-year-old girlfriend Xandria Harris emerged from their room. Bailey is still in the hospital and Rittmanic died

Bailey is shown with his wife, Sydney. On Wednesday, his family said he was ‘far from being out of the woods’. Courtesy of 

He and Harris then went on the run. They were arrested on December 31 and are now both facing the death penalty. 

Bailey was also shot in the head but he survived and was taken to the hospital where he remains.  In a statement last night, his family said he is ‘far from out of the woods’. 

‘While we are not able to go into specific details about the severity of Tyler’s condition, we can certainly say that without the surgical intervention, Tyler would not have survived the remainder of the day on December 30. 

‘After the procedure, we are cautiously optimistic about beginning discussions for Tyler’s recovery over the short term, although he is far from out of the woods at this point.

Darius Sullivan started shooting at the two officers as soon as his pregnant girlfriend Xandria Harris opened the door of their hotel room. The pair now face the death penalty. The cops had been called because they’d left their dogs in their car and the animals were barking

Sullivan’s rap sheet starts in June 2014, when he was 19 years old

Rittmanic, left, is pictured with her wife, Lyn Stua and their rescue dogs. Her funeral is on Friday

‘Since the surgery, Tyler has continued to fight for his life. He is stable but remains in very critical condition,’ they said in the statement that was issued online by Illinois State Police. 

Rittmanic’s funeral has been scheduled for Friday in Boubonnais, Illinois. 

There is growing fury about the fact that Sullivan, who has been arrested 21 times since 2014, was even on the street.

The shooting took place at the Comfort Inn on Illinois’ Highway 50

Members of the Bradley Police Department stand by as fallen Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic is taken into the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais, Illinois on Thursday, December 30

Bradey Police Lt. Philip Trudeau, left, comforts Bourbonnais Police officer Andy Cox following a ceremonial procession for fallen Bradley Police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic on Thursday, December 30

He was the subject of an arrest warrant for battery dating back to last May, but it’s unclear what the details of that case are.

Prosecutors are demanding that the pair be sentenced to death for the ‘cold blooded’ murder of Sergeant Rittmanic. 

They have been charged by state prosecutors so far, who cannot seek the death penalty in state court because Illinois has no death penalty. 

Federal prosecutors can however seek it as a punishment if they bring charges against the pair. It remains to be seen if that will happen. 

The state’s case will go to a grand jury on January 22. 

The next court appearance for either of the pair is on January 27, when Xandria Harris is due before a judge. 

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