UPDATED: Champaign police shoot armed man; condition unknown

Updated at 1 p.m. on Sunday

CHAMPAIGN – Police officials said they will not be releasing any more information on Sunday and are asking for the public’s patience while Illinois State Police investigate the police shooting of an armed man early Sunday morning.

Champaign police would only say that the man was injured and taken to Carle Foundation Hospital. They would not comment on the extent of his injuries, his current condition or whether the man shot at police.

The man was shot by police after officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Crispus Drive at 4:42 a.m. for a domestic disturbance call. When they arrived, they found the man “had forced his way into the home and was armed with a gun,” police say.

“Upon arrival at the residence, the officers engaged the male subject, and shots were fired,” said police spokeswoman Rene Dunn. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation has been turned over to the Champaign County multi-jurisdictional investigative team and the officer has been placed on paid leave, as is standard procedure following officer-involved shootings, said Police Chief Anthony Cobb.

Illinois State Police were investigating the scene on Sunday afternoon.

“At this point, we are asking that you thoroughly respect the investigative process,” Dunn told the media on Sunday. “Allow us time to investigate this incident.”

Cobb said that the department plans to release more information as soon as Monday.

“Right now, we’re still in the very, very early stages of the investigation, so there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done,” Cobb said.

The police chief is asking that the public be supportive of the investigative process and recognize the effect the incident has on the community.

“Any time something of this magnitude happens, it’s a major, major incident involving a life-altering incident for all parties,” Cobb said.

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CJ Williams wrote on September 09, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Hopefully the Mayor and the City council will refrain from commenting as well until all the facts are in.   They have had a tendency NOT to let the facts interfere with what they believe.


 


 

Joe American wrote on September 09, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I can't wait for the community hacktivists to chime in.  Let's see them shed an innocent light on this two-bit thug.