PITTSFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) -- A male juvenile with a loaded firearm who made threats to shoot another person led law enforcement on a several-mile pursuit in Pike County on Monday before being arrested.
Pittsfield Police Chief Mike Starman reported that at 10 a.m. the Pittsfield Police Department and Pike County Sheriff’s Department were called to investigate a male juvenile with a weapon who said he was on his way shoot someone.
Chief Starman stated that officers called the juvenile and attempted to negotiate with him to peacefully surrender. During the conversation, the juvenile admitted to having a loaded firearm, identified a specific person, and told the officers that he intended to shoot this person.
Chief Starman stated that a Pike County deputy and Pittsfield officer attempted to stop the juvenile’s vehicle on the southeast side of Pittsfield. The juvenile refused to stop and led officers on a several-mile pursuit through Pittsfield and rural Pittsfield.
Starman added officers made several attempts to disable the vehicle and the juvenile rammed multiple law enforcement vehicles with his truck during the pursuit.
Starman reported the juvenile eventually hit a Pittsfield Police car head-on and police arrested the juvenile at the scene after a brief confrontation. The juvenile was not injured, however, two Pittsfield Officers received minor injuries as a result of the crash.
The aftermath of those moments were caught live on social media by neighbor Jessica Lash.
Lash said she heard the sirens for 10 minutes, and first assumed it was just a fire.
"So I didn't really think anything, and when they came around the corner I heard the big boom," said Lash, "that's when I knew something was wrong, wasn't right. So I immediately ran down to the corner turned on my camera,"
Lash said she wanted to make sure it was on camera so there was a clear picture of how the arrest unfolded.
"We got that on camera, that [the law enforcement officers] did do that the best they could under the circumstances," said Lash.
She said she's grateful to the police department and other agencies for their work, and is keeping the boy in her thoughts.
"We do pray for him, and the family members, because we are a community and we do take care of our own," said Lash.
Starman stated that two City of Pittsfield cars were damaged in the incident. A 2017 Dodge Charger was totaled in the crash and a 2016 Ford Taurus was severely damaged during the pursuit. Other law enforcement vehicles with other agencies were also severely damaged or totaled during the incident.
The crash investigations are being handled by the Illinois State Police.
Police said no name or other information will be released on this case as the suspect is a juvenile.