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Westmont woman charged with shooting at police officers pleads not guilty

A Westmont woman who faces attempted murder charges after allegedly firing a handgun at police officers outside of her home in June pleaded not guilty in court today.

Heidi Till, 45, 329 S. Lincoln Ave., issued a plea of not guilty during an arraignment hearing in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton, according to Paul Darrah, a spokesman for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Her next court date is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29 for a status hearing, Darrah said.

Till was charged last month with four counts of attempted murder — a Class X felony — and other charges after she allegedly fired a handgun at police officers on June 1, when police responded to her house after a call of a woman with a handgun threatening to kill herself, according to police.

Police say Till fired the gun three times, the third shot while pointing the gun in the officers’ direction. Both officers then returned fire striking Till in her head and chest. Till was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for her injuries.

She turned herself into the Westmont Police Department on Sept. 28 when she posted 10 percent of her $50,000 bail. As part of the conditions of her bail, Till has been confined to her home due to a medical condition suffered from being shot, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

Police say that in the early afternoon on June 1, Till called 911 and informed the dispatcher that she had a gun and was threatening to kill herself. Officers were dispatched to Till’s residence where they allegedly found Till on the back porch of her home with a loaded handgun. One of the officers briefly engaged Till in conversation before she allegedly opened fire, according to a press release from the state’s attorney’s office.

If convicted, Till could face between six and 30 years in prison.

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