Warrant issued in fatal Danville shooting

Warrant issued in fatal Danville shooting

DANVILLE — An arrest warrant has been issued for a 33-year-old Danville man charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old on Sunday.

Vermilion County State's Attorney Randy Brinegar said he filed murder charges against Derrick L. Miller on Monday in the death of Scottie L. Polk of Danville.

Miller faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery.

If convicted of murder, Miller could be sentenced to 20 to 60 years in prison and would have to serve 100 percent of the sentence. If convicted of aggravated battery, a Class X felony with special penalty provisions because a gun was used in committing the crime, Miller could be sentenced to six to 30 years in prison and would have to serve 85 percent of the sentence.

Danville police continue to investigate the shooting.

While authorities are releasing few details about the shooting, Brinegar did say that it wasn't random.

"It appears (Miller and Mr. Polk) knew each other, and it was the result of some dispute," the prosecutor said.

He added that the shooting doesn't appear to be drug-related.

Mr. Polk was found in the area of Lape and Fairweight streets around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. A man who was walking in the area said he discovered an individual lying in the street after he heard what he described as someone groaning.

Initially, police and Medix Ambulance personnel weren't sure of the cause of the victim's injuries, but thought he may have been shot. He was taken to Presence Hospital in Danville and pronounced dead a short time later.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said preliminary autopsy results showed he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said local law enforcement agencies, assisted by the U.S. marshal's service, have been searching for Miller since Monday afternoon. He remained at large on Tuesday evening.

Miller is described as 5-foot 8-inches tall and weighing 170 pounds, Thomason said. He added he is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with any information on Miller's whereabouts are urged to call police at 431-2250.

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