**Updated 8:30 p.m.
Stantavius Sillas, a 20-year-old man who led law enforcement officials on a countywide manhunt, died at 6 p.m. Monday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Mount Pleasant police Chief Tim Zarzecki confirmed Sillas’ death in an email message to Racine County Eye.
Sillas shot himself during his apprehension Monday, a press release from MPPD confirmed.
“Moments after police confronted Sillas he shot himself with a handgun. The South Shore Fire Department immediately responded to the scene and Sillas was transported to Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Racine before being transported to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. At approximately 6:00 pm SILAS was pronounced dead as a result of his self-inflicted injuries,” Sgt. Eric Relich wrote.
When Racine Police received tips from the community that Sillas was near the area of Taylor Avenue and Wood Road they found in the 5300 block of Taylor at 1:15 p.m. him in some bushes.
“Officers on scene immediately attempted crisis intervention measures in an attempt to prevent the subject from harming himself. All intervention efforts failed and the subject shot himself,” according to Racine Police.
Sillas was taken to Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, then to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee where he died.
“No shots were fired by law enforcement officers during this incident and no law enforcement officers were injured as a result of this incident. Additionally, no area residents or other citizens were injured during the course of this incident,” according to the statement.
Sheriff Christopher Schmaling told reporters with TMJ 4 that “Sillas abducted a woman from a medical facility in Rochester.”
Racine County Sheriff’s deputies were following Sillas in his vehicle when he turned into the Piggly Wiggly parking lot and opened fire on them, said Carolyn Preson, co-owner of the Piggly Wiggly.
When Sillas saw the deputies, he fired at them. One of the bullets from Sillas’ gun struck a police car and deputies return fire. One of the bullets struck a nearby car, and another struck the door frame entrance in the strip mall, Preston said.
Preston, who was at home at the time, was getting texts from her brother Doug Preston who was at the store just after the shooting.
“The woman who had been kidnapped by Sillas ran into the store behind the service desk and an employee screamed that shots had been fired,” Preston said. “It is truly a miracle there were no injuries. They locked the store down, put the victim in a room and called 911.”
After the shooting, Sillas fled the area on foot and that triggered the manhunt that is still ongoing.
Union Grove village president Mike Aimone said there has been a strong law enforcement presence in the village from multiple jurisdictions throughout the night as they follow-up on leads.
“People are just anxious,” Aimone said. “There’s disappointment and disbelief that something like this can happen in our community. We know we are not immune, but to have it happen is just shocking.
“We hope that there will be a peaceful resolution to this.”
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