In the weirdest turn of events I’ve ever seen the man last seen with Jackie Douthart, Benjamin Biggs, is now dead. All because he chose to steal an SUV, lead police on a high-speed chase, and shoot 2 police officers and then himself. You heard it here first people! I was one of the only ones to publish something BEFORE this dude went psycho car thief that told people that he was the last one seen with Jackie Douthart. See the first article here. So when a link was posted by a reader of the article (thank you by-the-way) I had to see where it led.
It turns out a manhunt that I had followed all day on Wednesday, June 29th, was all about Mr Biggs. No one is quite sure why he was in Quincy, Illinois that day but regardless that’s where our story begins. He decided to abandon his vehicle at the country club in Quincy and then went to a ball field where he stole a man’s unattended 1997 Chevrolet Suburban. (Weird coincidence: Jackie was supposedly dropped off near a ball field in Mt. Pleasant by this freak the last time she was seen.)
When the police responded to the stolen vehicle faster than Biggs probably expected they would, Biggs backed into a police car while shots were exchanged with an officer. Biggs shot the officer, Tom Miller of the Quincy Police Department, but the bullet ricocheted off of his gun belt and he wasn’t hurt badly. (God must REALLY love him!) Ben Biggs then fled down highway 104 into the woods. (Wow, I couldn’t write a better chase story!) Officers from Quincy Police Department, the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police, including SWAT officers from Springfield, all responded. (You’d think the moron would stop there knowing he wouldn’t get away, but nooooo!)
The suspect then wrecked the SUV near Kingsley, Illinois by the fertilizer plant, and fled on foot. Officers then set up a perimeter and started to search houses in the area. That’s when a group of officers entered the wrong damn house. Biggs heard them coming and opened fire hitting Sgt. Joe Lowmeyer square in the chest. He was saved only because he was wearing a bullet-proof vest. (Once again, God loved him!) His fellow officers then got him, and themselves, to safety and surrounded the house.
After that all attempts to reach the wackjob, Biggs, failed and they were at a standoff for over 6 hours. Finally a camera was put into the house by police and they observed Biggs not moving. That’s when they decided to enter the house using 3 flash bangs for safety. At 9:45 pm the Illinois State Police made entrance to the house and confirmed that Benjamin Biggs was dead. Adam’s County Coroner, James Keller, said July 1st that Biggs died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. (I’m glad he won’t be giving us an encore and we won’t be paying for him!)
In all the whole ordeal lasted just under 9 hours. Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley says, “The last half hour, we were gathering information where we thought we could make entry and put an end to this. We determined the suspect’s status, the team was successfully able to do that. And we have a lot of relief.”
Lt. Lacey says, “The reason that there was no rush, the situation showed itself that the suspect was not opposed to using violence. The house was held with a perimeter, so we knew where the subject was. It was to our advantage to not make a rush judgment and it worked to our advantage.”
As for the house, it was deemed a crime scene and then released Friday to the rightful owners. No one has been living there. (That’s probably another good thing.)
The bad part about losing this douche bag is that we may never know why this happened or what happened to Jackie Douthart. Lt. Brad Lacey says, “You could make a lot of surmises of what was going through him to do such an act, but it would’ve been nice to be able to sit down and put the puzzle together, but unfortunately, that’s not the case.” (I personally think that he might have been on drugs or having a mental break. When he saw the ball field he might have thought about Jackie, and whatever really happened to her, and just lost it.)
The police aren’t releasing what’s in the backpack that was found with the dead freak or what’s in his abandoned car. They have released some of his criminal record. He’s been arrested for drugs (the basis for my theory) and assaulting a peace officer (imagine that!) Both officers that were shot are now fine and at home.
The article that connects my previous article into all of this is here. Let’s all pray that they can still find Jackie Douthart without him! If you see or have seen Jackie collect all information and contact the Missing Person Information Clearinghouse Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at (800)-346-5507 or call the Mount Pleasant Police Department at (319) 385-3511, (319) 385-3511, (319) 385-1450. When Jackie Leigh Douthart was last seen she was wearing a zebra stripped shirt, black vest, blue jeans, and flip-flops. She is 5 foot 4 inches tall and around 120 pounds. She has shoulder-length brown hair with purple highlights and green eyes. Jackie has a pierced belly button, a tattoo of “Zoey” on her left ankle, and a tattoo of a butterfly on her right shoulder blade. She is also missing all of her bottom teeth.