No charges in fatal Vermilion County shooting
DANVILLE - Vermilion County State's Attorney Randy Brinegar will not be filing charges in connection with a fatal shooting of a man by a Vermilion County sheriff's deputy in November.
Brinegar announced in a news release this morning that after a thorough review of the Illinois State Police investigation into the Nov. 27 shooting of Michael Brandel, he has decided that the deputies acted "properly and in accordance with their training when dealing with a life threatening situation."
Vermilion County sheriff's deputies were called to Mr. Brandel's residence in the Home Gardens neighborhood, south of the Danville city limits, the night of Nov. 27 by Mr. Brandel's landlord, who reported that Mr. Brandel was acting strangely and tearing up the inside of the residence, according to the news release.
The deputies went inside to arrest Mr. Brandel, according to the release, but he could not be subdued by Tasers. He tried to stab the officers with a piece of wood and one of the officers shot him.
The Illinois State Police handled the investigation into the incident and turned over its report to Brinegar's office in January.