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Macon County Sheriff's Office deputy arrested after armed standoff with police

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ROSAMOND — A Macon County Sheriff's Office deputy was taken into custody early Sunday after gunfire erupted at his home, his wife fled and a nine-hour standoff with police ensued at the house in Rosamond.

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

Christian County Sheriff's Office deputies had been 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 located her at a neighbor's home and took her to safety and then evacuated homes on either side of the 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. The sheriff was on scene with his chief deputy and other officers and he also called in six off-duty deputies to lend a hand.

Kettelkamp singled out Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider and his department for praise in helping to resolve the situation. “They were involved in a lot of the negotiations, which led to a peaceful ending,” said Kettelkamp.

No one at the Macon County Sheriff's Office was immediately available for comment Sunday night.

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.

Kettelkamp said it was a difficult situation to deal with and he was relieved it was resolved without injury.

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