TAYLORVILLE — The Macon County Sheriff's deputy arrested after an armed stand-off at his Rosamond home is now facing a preliminary charge of the attempted murder of his wife.
The Macon County Sheriff's Office said Markes Rodgers has been placed on unpaid suspension. He was still being held in the Christian County Jail in Taylorville on Tuesday in lieu of $500,000 bond.
Police said shots were fired, and Rodgers' wife fled from their house before it was surrounded Saturday afternoon by a Illinois State Police SWAT team and Christian County Sheriff's Office deputies.
After securing Rodgers' wife and evacuating neighbors, police negotiated with Rodgers, and the 51-year-old deputy surrendered nine hours later. He was arrested just after 1 a.m. Sunday, and all weapons he had access to have been secured, police said.
Christian County State's Attorney Mike Havera said Tuesday his office is reviewing the preliminary attempted murder charge.
“We're still waiting on the full reports from the Illinois State Police, and it will probably be a week or so before we get those,” Havera said. “But at this point, that is (attempted murder) what we are sticking with and that is all we know at this time.”
Asked if additional charges might be considered, the state's attorney said it was too early to say.
“That I can't speak to,” he said. “There are some other charges that could be filed, and, once I get the full reports in, then I will make that decision.”
Rodgers has a public defender, Gregory Grigsby, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday. He is due to appear in court for Rodgers on Thursday, and a Christian County Court judge is expected to hear a motion to reduce the bail amount.
Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider said he could not comment on the specifics of the case but said any deputy in this situation will face disciplinary proceedings that usually await the outcome of any criminal case.
Rodgers had been with the sheriff's office for more than 10 years, and Schneider was involved in the negotiations that ended with Rodgers' surrender.
Schneider said dealing with situations like this is the part of his job he won't miss.
“I've got to be honest with you that, as I get closer to the end of my career, these are the circumstances I don't want to be involved in,” said the sheriff, who has announced he won't be running for the top job again in 2018.
“This individual was a good officer and a good person, and I want nothing but the best for him and his family," he added.