CHICAGO (CBS) – Illinois Police issued a warning to be aware of fake GoFundMe accounts using the name of Bradley Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic who was killed last week in the line of duty.
Sgt. Rittmanic, 44, was shot and killed, her partner, Officer Tyler Bailey, 27, was listed in critical condition after responding to a call of dogs barking in a parked car at the Comfort Inn hotel at 1500 N. Illinois Highway 50 in Bradley, Illinois.READ MORE: Pair Charged In Murder Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega Denied Bail; Accused Teen Gunman Committed Three Previous Carjackings, Prosecutors Say
Bradley Police issued a Facebook post warning of scammers using the fake accounts.
“There have been several Go Fund Me fundraisers posted by supposed family members of Sgt Marlene Rittmanic. NONE of these are legit and the family will NOT be creating any fundraising pages through Go Fund Me. If you see a fundraising page for Sgt Marlene Rittmanic you can report it to them as fraudulent and if you’ve donated to one, please seek a refund.”READ MORE: COVID-19 Disparities: First Peek Inside New Lifestyle Hub - One Solution To Ending Disproportionate Impact On Black Chicagoans
They did confirm that there is one official fundraiser page created by the family of Officer Bailey.
A manhunt was issued for the shooter Darius Sullivan, 25, who was caught on Dec. 31 in rural northeast Indiana. The second suspect, Xandria Harris, 26, later turned herself in.
Sullivan was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, and aggravated battery.MORE NEWS: COPA Completes Investigation Into Fatal 2021 Police Shooting Of Anthony Alvarez
A spokesperson from GoFundMe said their Trust and Safety team removed all fundraisers without a clear connection to the family within 24 hours of their creation. Anyone who donated to those fundraisers was automatically refunded.