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By Austin Andre
The Jersey County Sheriff’s office (JCSO) responded to a domestic incident in Medora last Monday, July 11, around 2 p.m.
A call was made on behalf of the suspect, Joshua J. Hearn’s, wife. Hearn was threatening his wife and children with a gun when the call was made to the authorities.
The JCSO successfully got both the mother and children away from the house and into safety while Hearn locked himself inside his residence. The Illinois State Police (ISP) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) provided traffic support while the deputies worked to defuse the situation.
Hearn refused to speak with law enforcement for over seven hours as the standoff stretched well into the night. Hearn finally gave himself up around 9:30 p.m., without incident, and was charged with class three intimidation. Deputies found several weapons and ammunition in Hearn’s house upon entering.
Hearn is currently being held on a $150,000 bail at the time of publication. The names of Hearns wife and children have not been released.
Jersey County Sheriff, Mike Ringhausen, expressed the confidence he has in his deputies as the situation was kept under control and remained non-violent.
“We were able to get the job done, and that was because of the JCSO deputies,” Ringhausen said. “These guys answered the call of duty and they did a great job and I’m so proud of them for what they do.”
Further praise was given by Ringhausen to the ISP, IDOT, Medora Fire Department and Jersey County Emergency Medical Service.