ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Three officers from the Fairview Heights Police Department received special recognition awards for heroic action from the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council during the organization's Annual Meeting on March 11 in Rock Island.
On September 25, 2012 at about 2 a.m. Officer Jeff Stratman made a traffic stop of a vehicle suspected of being involved in recent car burglaries. K9 Officer Jeff Blair and his dog arrived on the scene, and were joined by Officer Tony Flinn. The dog had a positive reaction for the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. When Officers Stratman and Flinn attempted to open the car door to conduct a further search, the driver pulled a large handgun and fired several shots at the two officers. One of the bullets struck Stratman's flashlight and shrapnel from the bullet severely injured both of his hands. The officers returned fire before the suspect sped away in his vehicle.
The vehicle was sighted in Caseyville and Officers Flinn and Blair joined the pursuit, which went through East St. Louis and to the suspect's Centreville residence. Officers arrested the suspect and a passenger in his vehicle without incident.
The offender, Dallas McIntosh, and Officer Stratman both received received treatment for gunshot wounds. Stratman has since retired on medical disability from the wounds he received to his hands that evening. In January 2015, McIntosh was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the incident.
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