Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested After Firing Shots at Wife and Barricading Himself in His House

A Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy fired a couple shots at his wife as she ran away from him, and he then decided to barricade himself in his house in preparation for a standoff against other police. He was eventually taken into custody after a 9 hour standoff at his home in Rosamond.

The Herald Review reported Markes N. Rodgers, 51, finally emerged from his barricaded home and surrendered himself at 1:11 a.m and was taken into custody “without further incident,” according to a statement from the Illinois State Police.

It started as a domestic disturbance, but it escalated rather quickly.

Christian County deputies were called to Rodgers’ house at 4:15 p.m. Saturday for a domestic disturbance. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said Rodgers’ wife had fled, and Rodgers “had fired a couple of rounds as she was running away from the house.”

Deputies found her at a neighbor’s home and brought her to a safe location while evacuating houses adjacent to Rodgers’ property as they set up a perimeter. Kettelkamp said he called in the Illinois State Police SWAT team and state police negotiators to oversee contact with Rodgers.

“They are experts who handle these kind of situations, and they have a lot more manpower than we would have,” said Kettelkamp.

Kettelkamp also thanked Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider and his department for their help. “They were involved in a lot of the negotiations, which led to a peaceful ending,” said Kettelkamp.

Rodgers was taken to Taylorville Memorial Hospital to be examined and was then transferred to the Christian County Jail. He is due to appear in Christian County Court today where he will be face preliminary charges resulting from the incident.