Armed Harvard man shot by McHenry County deputies last month arrested Tuesday

Randall Little, inset, was shot by McHenry County sheriff's deputies Friday, April 1, 2022, in the 19900 block of Streit Road in Harvard. He was arrested Tuesday.

A 58-year-old Harvard man shot by McHenry County deputies during an “armed confrontation” at his home last month was arrested Tuesday “without incident” after being released from a Rockford rehabilitation facility, officials said.

Randall B. Little also was charged Tuesday with attempted murder, court records show. He was charged last week with 10 other felonies, including armed violence.

The charge came after further investigation showed the evidence justified the attempted murder charge, McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said Tuesday.

Little was being held on $500,000 bond in the McHenry County jail as of Tuesday afternoon.

He is accused of threatening a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy April 1 with a short-barrel rifle, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County.

Three McHenry County sheriff’s deputies were involved in the shooting, authorities have said. All three have been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is pending.

Deputy Gabriela Valencia, sworn into the department as a deputy in September, was the only deputy named in the criminal complaint. Authorities said he pointed his rifle at Valencia and threatened to shoot her.

The other two deputies have not yet been named but have been with the department six years and 16 years, McHenry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Ellis has said.

After being shot, Little was taken to a Rockford hospital and then to a hospital in Wisconsin, authorities have said. He subsequently was transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Rockford, McHenry County sheriff’s deputy Kevin Byrnes said in an email Tuesday.

He was arrested Tuesday “without incident” after his release, Byrnes said.

In order to be released from jail, he would need to post 10% of his bond, which is $50,000.

Little also is charged with threatening a public official, intimidation, aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon, possessing two firearms as a felon, and possession of 20 to 50 marijuana plants, according to the complaint.

The Class X charges of armed violence and attempted murder carry prison sentences of up to 30 years in prison.

If Little does not post bond Tuesday, he will appear in rights court Wednesday morning. At the time of his arrest, it was unknown who his attorney was. As of Tuesday afternoon, the McHenry County Public Defender’s Office did not yet know if they would be assigned to his case.