Police recover gun from home

Police recover gun from home

CHAMPAIGN — A team of police officers investigating the shooting of an armed man at a Champaign residence over the weekend has recovered a gun and other evidence from the home where the shooting took place.

The man was shot by police after officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Crispus Drive at 4:42 a.m. Sunday 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.

Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said the "officers engaged the male subject, and shots were fired" when they arrived at the home.

The gunman was injured and taken to the emergency room at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Police would not comment on the nature of his injuries, the man's current condition or whether the man shot at police.

No other injuries were reported.

Police also declined to say on Monday night whether anybody had been arrested in connection with the incident. The police officers involved have been placed on paid leave, according to a release from Champaign police.

Dunn said a multi-jurisdictional team, led by state police, are reviewing and investigating the incident.

"Although the investigation is in full swing, the investigative team still has a lot of work to do," Dunn said.

Dunn said the team got a search warrant for the home on Crispus Drive and recovered multiple pieces of evidence, including what Dunn said was the armed subject's gun.

The team has also talked to people present at the time of the incident, residents who live near the home and other potential witnesses.

She said the team still has several follow-up interviews to conduct and plans to view videotapes, 911 calls to METCAD and any other recordings that might be evidence for the case.

Dunn said the identities of the armed man and the police officers involved in the incident won't be released until after the case has adequately been reviewed by the state's attorney's office.

Dunn said the investigative team is asking "for the public's patience during this time."

In addition to the state police, the multi-jurisdictional team includes staff from the Urbana, University of Illinois, Rantoul and Mahomet police, the Champaign County sheriff's office and the Champaign County state's attorney's office.