Looks like there might be a deeper investigation of the wounding of McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Woods if incumbent Keith Nygren isn’t re-elected.
It’s not too likely that Democrat Mike Mahon will defeat Nygren,
- given the predominant Republican leanings in McHenry County,
- Nygren’s incumbency advantages,
- his decisive primary victory and
- having the biggest campaign war chest in county politics,
but miracles do happen every once in a while.
It is less likely, of course, that Green Party candidate for Sheriff Gus Philpott will win. In fact, his candidacy is likely to drain votes from Mahon’s total.
Below is Mahon’s press release:
MAHON VOWS PROBE OF WOODS SHOOTING IF ELECTED;
COMPARES PROJECTILE TO JFK’S “MAGIC BULLET”
Sheriff’s candidate Mike Mahon vowed Friday to bring in a full outside investigation of the shooting incident at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Firing Range March 15 that injured a deputy new to the SWAT team.
Mahon said that it’s become clear that Sheriff Keith Nygren has not conducted a thorough investigation nor does he intend to do so for fear of political damage.
Deputy Eric Woods was seriously injured by bullet fragments during a SWAT exercise, requiring extensive hospitalization and surgery. He has recently returned to work following several weeks on the “injured on duty” rolls.
Mahon said that the contradictory and incomplete Sheriff’s Office reports that have been obtained by various parties in the media and local activists using FOIA actually raise more questions than they answer.
In addition, there are multiple reports that show unmistakable signs of having been coordinated and overall a general lack of interest in pursing the truth at the Sheriff’s command level.
“The frangible ammo that the MCSO claims was deployed that day could not possibly have caused these wounds.
“We are being asked to believe that these bullets acquired magical properties, like the one that hit President Kennedy in 1963.
“”When I take office, one of my first official acts will be to get to the bottom of this incident,”
“Whether it’s investigators from my newly-created
- McHenry County Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Division,
- OSHA (U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration),
- the State Police or
- another body with the expertise and credentials to do a thorough job,
they will be tasked with dispersing the many clouds that hang over Deputy Woods’s dangerous misadventure. The implications for future officer safety are just too serious.”
For more information contact the Mike Mahon for Sheriff Campaign at 847.515.4772.