On July 30, a green Honda Foreman four-wheeler was westbound on Robinson at Locust at 9:14 p.m., when Carmi Police initiated a traffic stop. The driver was identified as being Willie R. Wiseman, 34. The Officer knew Wiseman to have an active warrant out of McCraken County, Ky., for multiple offenses including Fleeing Police, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Stolen Firearms. Wiseman did not stop and a pursuit was initiated. He ended up hitting an embankment where he struck a tree and fled on foot. An immediate search of the area was conducted by the Carmi Police, White County Sheriff ’s Department, Illinois State Police and the Norris city Police Department and Wiseman was not immediately located. A search of the four-wheeler revealed a backpack and several drugrelated items. The fourwheeler was towed from the scene by Cherry Street Automotive.
On July 31, Carmi Police received information that Wiseman had made it back to a residence at 206 Olive St., where he had been staying. Officers observed a maroon vehicle being driven by Randall Flowers arrive at 206 Olive St., at approximately 10:00 a.m. Carmi Police and the White County Sheriff ’s Department approached the trailer and attempted to make contact with Flowers, but he failed to answer the door. Officers then observed drug paraphernalia inside the parked vehicle. Flowers exited the residence. The pipe was retrieved with a positive test for cannabis. A search of the vehicle revealed more illegal drug items. Also located inside the vehicle were four firearms, two of which had been transported to the City/County Jail. Flowers was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Hypodermic Syringes, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Firearms by a Felon, Possession of Stolen Firearms by a Felon and Unlawful use of Weapon by a Felon. Officers continued surveillance of the residence to ensure no one came from or went in to the residence.
Officers later received information that Wiseman was still inside the residence and was armed and had stated that he would be in a shootout with police. At that time, a Nixle alert was sent out to Carmi residents and a call was made to the Illinois State Police Tactical Response Team for additional assistance. Several Law Enforcement personnel began arriving on scene, as well. A larger perimeter was set up around the residence and officers began evacuating area residents as a safety precaution. White County States Attorney Denton Aud prepared information to seek a search warrant for the residence located at 206 Olive St. ISP Tactical Response Team arrived on scene and the search warrant was signed and later executed. The White County Ambulance was notified and later arrived for standby medical support and an AirEvac Helicopter landed for medical support.
After numerous announcements were made for further force to use to gain compliance, the ISP TRT used their armored vehicle, which contained a battering ram on the front, to breach the residence. Wiseman eventually opened the west door and exited the residence where he was taken into custody. He advised he was injured from the four-wheeler accident and was transported by ambulance to Hamilton Memorial Hospital. He was later released and transported back to the City/ County Jail. A search of the residence located ammunition and several illegal drug items. Flower’s vehicle was later towed from the scene by Don’s Bumper to Bumper.
In addition to the $10,000 cash warrant out of McCraken County, Wiseman was also charged with Possession Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Hypodermic Syringe, Unlawful Use of Weapon by a Felon, and Possession of Firearm Ammunition by a Felon. Additional charges were expected to be filed on Aug. 1, by White County States Attorney in connection with the pursuit and illegal drug findings from July 30.
The Carmi Police Department was assisted by the White County Sheriff ’s Department, Norris City Police Department, United States Marshall Service, Illinois State Police, Illinois State Police Tactical Response Team, Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, White County Ambulance Service and AirEvac. The Carmi Police Department thanks all those who assisted in the effort. The department apologizes for any inconvenience that was caused by the perimeter staging and road closures, but stated that these things are necessary for the safety of both law enforcement and the public.