Coroner Releases Identities In Fatal Preemption Shooting

Mercer County Coroner Greg Larson has released the identities of the two people who suffered fatal gunshot wounds in Preemption. The deceased are 62 year old Myra Long and 65 year old Richard “Steve” Reams. The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call Wednesday afternoon and Sheriff Dusty Terrill says when deputies arrived they found two subjects with apparent gunshot wounds. He says both were pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Larson. The matter remains under investigation. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Aledo and Viola Police Departments, Sherrard Fire Department, AMT Ambulance, and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services. Terrill says there is no known evidence of an ongoing public safety risk at this time.