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Suspect in custody following standoff, fire in Du Quoin

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DU QUOIN (WSIL) -- A woman watched smoke billowing Wednesday night from the foundation where her childhood home once stood, more than 12 hours after it was destroyed in a blaze.

She told News 3 she lived in the home on the 700 block of North Division St. for more than 60 years. It was sold in 2017.

Dayle Zettler had lived in the home for almost two weeks when homeowner Dustin Goodwin allegedly forced Zettler and her family out of the building.

"Dustin came home at around 5 p.m. and was in a good mood and went upstairs to fall asleep," Zettler said. "He was mad at my family and started getting his assault rifle out and shooting the floor aiming at me and (my family)".

Zettler was sitting at the police station when she received a text from her father telling her that the home was on fire.

"He ended up chasing us out of the house," Zettler said. "While we were sitting at the police station here in Du Quoin, he lit the house on fire."

Zettler said Goodwin was found behind the home in a wooded area during the fire and was arrested. He faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder, a Class X felony. Goodwin is being held at Perry County Jail on a $5 million bond.

Zettler and her family stayed at the police station most of Wednesday morning and haven't been able to sleep because they've been looking for places to stay. She says the loss of the home adds on to an already stressful situation.

"My mom's disabled because she got hit by a car," Zettler said. "She has nowhere to go, we have nowhere to go, we're all on the streets."

Zettler's boyfriend, Zachary Lyle, says he's thankful no officers were hurt but is still trying to wrap his mind around what triggered the incident.

"How are you going to shoot up your own house and try to kill everybody when we've done nothing," Lyle said. "It's just insane."

Diana Skidmore lives down the street from where the incident happened and said she was initially frightened after hearing gunshots go off in the middle of the night.

"I didn’t get out and go out there. I was scared," Skidmore said. "I laid in bed and covered my head up."

Skidmore has spent 35 years at her home on Division Street, and has been looking for ways to leave the area she says has seen an uptick in crime.

She adds that drug use has become a recurring problem in the area, something she hopes the community can lend a hand in fixing.

"The cops can't do everything but something's gotta be done," Skidmore said.


DU QUOIN (WSIL) -- According the the Illinois State Police, the man involved in the shooting and subsequent standoff has been identified as 40-year-old Dustin Goodwin.

Goodwin has been charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder and is in the Perry County Jail on a $5 million bond.

All streets in the area have been reopened. The investigation into the shooting and fire continues.


A post on the Marshall Browning Hospital Facebook page says the lockdown has been lifted.


Perry County Sheriff Steve Bareis has confirmed with News 3 that a suspect is now in custody. Bareis says there were no injuries. 

More details are expected to be released later today.


DU QUOIN (WSIL) -- Several law enforcement agencies and fire departments were on the scene of an standoff in Du Quoin Wednesday morning.

Police and other first responders were seen in an area surrounding the 700 block of N. Division St. - where they said a suspect was armed and firing shots in their direction. 

Crews are also battling a fire at the house the suspect was last known to be inside. 

Authorities had the area barricaded as of 5:00 a.m. and ask that people avoid it until further notice. 

News 3 has a crew on the scene and will provide more details as they become available. 

This story will be updated.

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