last year in the line of duty, died Monday, officials said.
Maness, 47, and his partner, Deputy Khalia Satkiewicz, were both seriously
wounded in October when they arrived at a home in Holiday Hills for a well-being
check and a man there opened fire on them with an assault rifle.
Maness died Monday during a rehab session, State's Attorney Louis Bianchi
"I'm as devastated as every other law enforcement (official) in this area and
across the country," Bianchi said. "To lose another hero like this in the line
of duty … this guy was a real hero."
The shooting of the two deputies prompted a 16-hour manhunt that led to the
arrest of Scott Peters, who lived in the home. He was later convicted of
attempted murder and is serving a 135-year sentence.
The state's attorney said his office will investigate whether Maness' death
was related to the injuries he suffered at the hands of Peters.
"I suspect there is probably some relation" to the shooting, Bianchi said,
adding his office must wait for the coroner to rule on a cause and manner of
Depending on the outcome of the coroner's investigation and other inquiries
by authorities, prosecutors could look at mounting a murder case against Peters,
Maness was the more seriously injured of the two officers, suffering bullet
wounds in his back and leg. He had recently recounted the shooting following the
Sept. 1 shooting death of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. Maness
described feeling "helpless" that he could not join the search for the early
suspects in the Fox Lake officer's death.
Maness, who attended Gliniewicz's funeral, had said he looked forward to
returning to work.
The day after Gliniewicz's death, Maness' wife, Sue, spoke of her thoughts
about the dead officer's family.
"My heart totally goes out to the family. I can't say I know what she is
feeling, but it's pretty close. Yesterday was a really hard day. We were glued
to the TV all day. Everything kind of floods back from last year. It was hard,"
Maness had undergone several surgeries. During Peters' trial this year,
Maness made a point of standing up from his wheelchair each time the judge
entered or exited the courtroom, in contrast to Peters, who defiantly remained
seated, against courtroom protocol.
Maness "stood out as a conscientious, dedicated officer," according to a
statement from the sheriff's office. He received numerous letters of
commendation during almost eight years in the sheriff's office, including an
award as a recruit for honor and professionalism at the Police Training
Institute. He also served as a field training officer, a member of the SWAT team
and a first aid instructor.
Previously, he served 20 years in the U.S. Army, seeing active duty in
Operation Desert Storm, and retired as a sergeant first class, officials said.
"I had a conversation with him about a week ago," Sheriff Bill Prim said,
"and he was enthusiastic about regaining his strength and returning to patrol.
This news is devastating to the law enforcement community here in McHenry
Neighbor Larry Lezon saw Maness at two parties this summer, one thrown by
Maness and his wife to thank everyone who had helped them since Maness got hurt.
Maness suffered some setbacks during his recovery, Lezon said, including
falling and breaking his good leg after it had been weakened by having bone
marrow taken out to repair the leg that was shot.
Despite that, Lezon said, "he seemed to be in pretty good spirits. He was a
great guy. This is an absolute tragedy."
On a gofundme.com page set up for Maness, his stepdaughter Lauren called him
"an amazing father, husband, and friend."
She wrote that it was an "extremely tough" time financially for the family.
"Please keep us in your thoughts," she wrote, "and don't forget to thank a