Deputy Sheriff Dwight Maness McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois End of Watch: Monday, September 14, 2015

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Deputy Sheriff Dwight Maness

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois
End of Watch: Monday, September 14, 2015

Biographical Info

Age: 47
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 16, 2014
Weapon Used: Rifle; AR-15
Suspect Info: Sentenced to 135 years

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Bill Prim
McHenry County Sheriff’s Office
2200 N Seminary Avenue
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: (815) 338-2144

Deputy Sheriff Dwight Maness succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 11 months earlier after being ambushed while en route to a domestic disturbance at a home in Holiday Hills.
He and two other deputies had gone to the home in the 1300 block of Northeast Shore Drive after a friend of the subject’s wife called to request a welfare check. The subject answered the door and stated he did not need any assistance. He invited the deputies into the home and then immediately opened fire on them with an AR-15 rifle.
Deputy Maness and one of the other deputies were both shot multiple times as they retreated for cover. The third deputy returned fire as an Island Lake Police Department officer pulled Deputy Maness to safety.
The subject who shot the deputies was arrested several hours later. He was subsequently convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 135 years in prison.
Deputy Maness was confined to a wheelchair and underwent multiple surgeries. He passed away on September 14th, 2015, while conducting a rehab session.
Deputy Maness was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office for seven years. He is survived by his wife.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Maness, who was shot multiple times 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 said.

"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 death.

Depending on the outcome of the coroner’s investigation and other inquiries by authorities, prosecutors could look at mounting a murder case against Peters, Bianchi said.

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," she said.

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 County."

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 other leg.

Despite that, Lezon said, "he seemed to be in pretty good spirits. He was a great guy. This is an absolute tragedy."

On a 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 cop."


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