Sullivan and Marlene Rittmanic

North Manchester (12-31-21) – At approximately 9:30 am this morning, officers with the U.S. Marshall’s Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force requested the assistance of the Indiana State Police SWAT to serve a search warrant on a residence located at 1001 N. Bond St., North Manchester, IN. 

During the execution of that warrant, two individuals were taken into custody.  One of the individuals, Darius Sullivan (26) from Kankakee, Illinois, had active warrants for First Degree Murder, Attempted Murder, and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.  These charges stemmed from the murder of Sergeant Marlene Rittmanic and the injuries to Officer Tyler Bailey, both of the Bradley (Illinois) Police Department.  Sullivan is currently being held at the Wabash County Jail.  Also arrested at the residence was Daniel Acros, (19) from Kankakee, IL.  He is preliminarily charged with weapon and narcotic charges in Wabash County, IN as a result of the search warrant.

This is an ongoing investigation by the Illinois State Police.  Further questions into the murder of Sgt. Rittmanic and the shooting of Officer Bailey should be directed to the Illinois State Police.  The Indiana State Police will not comment on their investigation.  

Assisting at the scene were the following agencies:  Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Warsaw Police Department, North Manchester Police Department, Akron Police Department, North Manchester Fire Department, Manchester University Security, Lutheran EMS, and the Wabash Fire Department. 

All suspects are presumed innocent until/unless proven guilty in court.