Press Release- Two Sheriffs Officers Honored for Roles in Shootout
2/24/2017 12:00:00 AM
Two McHenry County Sheriff's officers
took home 2016 Officer of the Year honors from the McHenry County
Chiefs of Police Association at their annual award meeting
Tuesday. Both officers were recognized for their
courageous and professional handling of a shootout with a
heavily-armed murder suspect last April.
MCSO Sgt. Anthony Penna, now a
25-year veteran, and Deputy Michael Urgo, with 10 years'
experience, were on duty as part of the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes
Fugitive Task force on the evening of April 15, when they were
notified that a stolen vehicle believed to be driven by the prime
suspect in a double homicide in Kentucky, had just been located in
The vehicle had been stolen from
Florida and was believed to be in the possession of Gerald Boyes
Jr., a convicted violent felon who authorities believed responsible
for the murders of his father, Gerald Boyes Sr., 73, and the
latter's companion, Billie Potter, 67, in Paducah,
Kentucky detectives then traced
Boyes and the car to northern Illinois and advised the Task Force,
who deployed Penna, Urgo and two Lake County Sheriff's
deputies. They observed the car as it began moving
and kept it under surveillance as it crossed the line into Lake
County, circled through a residential area and parked. Boyes was observed sitting in the vehicle
for some time.
Having developed a plan to
apprehend the driver, Urgo used his squad car to block the
suspect's reverse movement, then he and Penna approached on
alternate sides, each accompanied by a Lake County deputy, and
began shouting commands for the driver to follow.
Boyes reached over to the passenger
side and picked up a firearm. All four deputies fired and Boyes was
fatally wounded. In addition to the first firearm, a
handgun was found in Boyes's belt and another on the passenger
"Who will ever know what crimes
were prevented by finding and confronting this violent felon?"
McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim said. "He was obviously trying to create
distance between himself and the scene of a double homicide four
days earlier, one of the victims being his own father, and he had
to know he would top the list of suspects. Desperate behavior would only come
naturally in that situation, and he could lash out at
anyone. I am proud of Sgt. Penna and Deputy Urgo
for helping to bring this crime spree to a
"It is a complete honor to be
chosen as a 2016 officer of the year for McHenry County.
There were many notable nominees who did some outstanding and
courageous acts, and others who were recognized for the excellent
professional work in their departments," Sgt. Penna
"I am honored to be both a nominee, and
recipient of this award. This is an award for not only myself, but
all of the Law Enforcement Officers that were involved in the
resolution of this incident," Deputy Urgo said.