Champaign police outline next steps in investigation of officer-involved shooting
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police have outlined the next steps they are taking in the investigation of the Sept. 9 officer-involved shooting.
Friday's announcement by Champaign police came one day after State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she was charging Anthony Shawn Brown, 25, of Champaign, with being an armed habitual criminal and home invasion in connection with his alleged forced entry to the home of his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Victoria Rodgers, 47, at 1207 Crispus Drive, C. Both charges are Class X felonies, carrying potential prison terms of between six and 30 years upon conviction.
Rietz said Brown was shot by Champaign police after allegedly threatening two officers and his girlfriend's adult daughter with a gun.
The officers who fired were identified as Jon Lieb and Christopher Oberheim. Police said eight shots were fired, with four hitting Brown.
A warrant for Brown's arrest was issued early Thursday by Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus. The sheriff does not intend to serve it until after Brown has been released from Carle Foundation Hospital, where he has been since early Sunday morning, having been hit by multiple shots.
Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said the state's attorney's office and state police have conducted their initial reviews of the incident, but Champaign police are also planning their own internal reviews.
"We are pleased with the pace of this investigation and the timely release of information. However, there are still internal reviews to be conducted," Police Chief Anthony Cobb said in a written release.
Dunn said the Champaign Police Department's policy calls for two additional stages to the investigation of officer-involved shootings: a professional standards investigation and a review by the Firearms Discharge Review Board.
Dunn said the professional standards investigation will determine whether or not the shooting was consistent with the police department's policy; will evaluate training considerations; will evaluate the firearms equipment and will evaluate the quality of supervision before, during and after the Sept. 9 shooting.
Meanwhile, the city's Firearms Discharge Review Board will meet and will review the circumstances associated with the shooting incident, including a review of the investigation division report, a review of the professional standards investigation report and testimony from officers and witnesses.
According to Dunn, the board will then make recommendations to Cobb.
"It is the chief of police who will make a final recommendation, and at that time, his report and recommendations will be available to the public," Dunn said in the written release.