WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Maness’ death was caused by a blood clot in his lungs, the coroner ruled Tuesday.
Maness died at 1:34 p.m. Monday at Centegra Hospital – McHenry after suffering a cardio-pulmonary arrest during a rehabilitation session, McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski said in a news release.
Maness, a well-loved and decorated sheriff’s deputy, was shot last year in the line of duty and was receiving physical therapy treatment in a rehab pool at the time of his death. Multiple sources said he became unresponsive and CPR efforts were unsuccessful.
The sheriff’s office requested that the McHenry County’s Major Investigation Assistance Team conduct an investigation into his death.
If the coroner determines that Maness’ death was a result of the injuries he suffered in a Oct. 16, 2014, shooting, the man who shot him could face murder charges, McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi said.
Bianchi neither ruled out the enhanced charges against Scott B. Peters, nor did he promise them.
“We will look at the autopsy report, and look at police reports,” Bianchi said. “We’ll look also at the medical records for the last year, then we’ll then sit down with the family, with the coroner and the investigative team and review whether or not to bring additional charges.”
Majewski did not offer a time frame for when the manner of death determination will be made, only that it will be conducted in the “future.” She was immediately unavailable to elaborate.
Maness spent the past 11 months recovering from a shot to the back and leg that he suffered in the shooting. On that night, he and partner Deputy Khalia Satkiewicz responded to a well-being check at a Holiday Hills home. Peters, the homeowner, fired multiple rounds through his front door at the officers, and continued firing on the officers as they retreated for safety.
A bullet shattered Maness’ femur and severed a vein in his leg. After he was shot, he crawled about 100 feet into a ditch, trial testimony revealed. An Island Lake officer was first to respond and drag Maness to safety. The officer applied a life-saving tourniquet. Satkiewicz also was shot in the leg. She has recovered but has not yet returned to work.
After a jury trial, Peters, 53, was sentenced to 135 years in prison. With credit for time served, his projected parole date is 2133. Bianchi said Peters’ lengthy sentence will be another factor in determining a murder charge, if the coroner rules Maness’ death was a homicide.
Maness used a wheelchair during Peters’ April trial and steadied himself on the arm rests to rise each time the judge entered the courtroom. Peters, who also complained of leg pain, remained seated.
Maness didn’t attend the sentencing hearing because he was recovering from a 15th surgery to repair a break in his right leg that was weakened from multiple bone marrow retrievals to repair his left leg.
“The bullet has broken my leg, but not my spirit,” he said at the time.
In a recent interview with the Northwest Herald, Maness said the doctors were optimistic about his recovery. X-rays showed he was healing better than expected, he said. He was eager to start rehab and return to work.
“I have the determination. I will put in the hard work. I will walk again,” he said.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Editor's Note: This story has been changed to reflect the heart event that affected Deputy Dwight Maness. The Northwest Herald regrets the error.