QPD’s Hermsmeier expected to make full recovery after shooting; dead shooter identified

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QPD Officer Matt Hermsmeier — Submitted photo

QUINCY — Quincy Police Chief Adam Yates has identified the officer who was shot during Thursday’s shooting at Third and Elm and issued a statement.

Officer Matt Hermsmeier, a 25-year veteran of the Quincy Police Department, was shot in the right upper arm while responding to the call. Another officer returned fire and killed the suspect.

Adams County Coroner Scott Graham reports that Donald H. Hibbard, 49, was pronounced dead at Blessing Hospital Thursday afternoon. An autopsy is pending.

Hermsmeier was transported to the Blessing Hospital Emergency Room by law enforcement personnel for treatment. He was treated in the emergency room before undergoing an hour-long surgery
to repair damage to his arm and was kept at Blessing Hospital overnight for observation
and is expected to be released sometime today.

“Matt’s prognosis is excellent; he is expected to make a full recovery,” Yates said. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with Officer Hermsmeier and his family as he focuses on his recovery.

“I want to thank the men and women of the Quincy Police Department for their great work
yesterday ensuring the job of protecting our community continued while processing the fact a fellow
officer had been shot. We appreciate the support of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies who
responded to the scene and assisted with getting Officer Hermsmeier to the hospital. I also want to thank all our local, state, and regional law enforcement partners who reached out with concern for our officer and offers of support and assistance.

“Law enforcement professionals are a tight knit group and when one of our own is injured, it affects us all.

“Finally, I want to thank the citizens of Quincy for the outpouring of support, concern, prayers and
well wishes for Officer Hermsmeier and our entire department. We are thankful and blessed to be part of
such a compassionate and caring community.”

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