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Deputy Sheriff Dwight Darwin Maness | McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Illinois McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff

Dwight Darwin Maness

McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, September 14, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/16/2014

Weapon: Rifle; AR-15

Offender: Sentenced to 135 years

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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, after suffering a pulmonary embolism 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, two sons, stepchildren, sister, three brothers, parents, and stepmother.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Dwight died.

To the Maness family, fellow deputies, and all who call Dwight beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Maness gave to his community and the citizens of Illinois and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 14, 2015.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
June 25, 2016


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