MAKANDA, Ill. (AP) — A fire has destroyed the family home of a southern Illinois police officer who died in August after he was allegedly struck on a Mississippi River bridge by a motorist fleeing police. Six relatives of Brian Pierce Jr., including his mother, father and sister, escaped unharmed when the Dec. 23 fire gutted the family’s home in Makanda, a village in Jackson County. Pierce’s mother, Tammy Pierce, tells KMOV-TV the fire also destroyed all of her late son’s belongings. The 24-year-old Brooklyn police officer died Aug. 4 when authorities say a suspect fleeing police struck Pierce as he was place spike strips on a bridge that links Illinois and Missouri.
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