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Arrest made, charges filed in death of Officer Brian Pierce Jr.

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MADISON COUNTY, IL (WSIL) -- Madison County State's Attorney Tom Haine announced Friday an arrest and charges against a suspect in the death of Brooklyn Police Officer Brian Pierce Jr.

Caleb Campbell, 22, was arrested in Florissant, Missouri and is charged with one count of first-degree murder, failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death, reckless homicide, failure to stop after having an accident involving personal injury or death, and aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. 

Back on August 4, Pierce Jr. was part of a team trying to stop a fleeing driver. The driver, now identified as Campbell, drove over spike strips and struck Pierce Jr., killing him.

Campbell remains in custody in Missouri on unrelated charges.

Pierce Jr. was living in Carbondale but working the night shift in Brooklyn, Illinois. He also worked with the police department in Spillertown and was also a lieutenant with the Makanda Fire Department. Pierce also previously worked with the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency.

He was laid to rest on August 14, with a procession through Herrin and a memorial service at John A. Logan College.

Previous Coverage:
Communities across southern Illinois pay respects to Brooklyn police officer
Family, first responders mourn fallen police officer
Fallen Officer Brian Pierce, Jr.’s escort arrives in Herrin
Taken too soon, Officer Pierce’s legacy in Spillertown lives on
Flags placed for officer Brian Pierce Jr.’s funeral route
Makanda Firefighters remember Brian Pierce Junior
Fallen Officer Brian Pierce Jr. laid to rest as region honors his service


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Kenzie Dillow

Kenzie Dillow is the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at News 3 WSIL. She joined the team in 2016 as a video editor, moved into a Producer role in 2017 and took over the SMDCM position in 2021. Kenzie graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Sports Broadcasting and a minor in Advertising.

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