State police investigate officer-involved shooting in Vermilion County
HEGELER — A Vermilion County sheriff's deputy was following departmental procedure when he shot a rural Danville man early Thursday morning, according to Sheriff Pat Hartshorn.
He said the deputy, a more than 20-year veteran of the department whose name has not been released, is still on duty following the shooting of 20-year-old Caleb Emory at his Hegeler-area residence.
According to Illinois State Police Lt. Greg Lindemulder, Emory was taken to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center then transferred to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where his injuries were determined to be non-life-threatening.
The deputy "has not been placed on paid administrative leave at this point," said Hartshorn, who declined to comment further on the shooting incident or the investigation, which is being conducted by the state police.
At 4:13 a.m. Thursday, Vermilion County deputies were called to a domestic disturbance at a residence at 2530 Georgetown Road just north of Belgium behind the former McMillan Grade School. According to the news release issued by state police early Thursday afternoon, deputies encountered Emory at the residence and "during the attempted enforcement action, Emory was shot by a Vermilion County deputy."
At 4:45 a.m., the Vermilion County sheriff's department made the request that Illinois State Police conduct the investigation into the incident.
State police are not releasing at this point any details of what prompted the initial call to police or what happened once they got to Emory's residence.
Yellow crime scene tape could be seen at the residence Thursday morning, cordoning off an area in front of an open sliding door to a metal pole barn that sits in front of the single-story house.
Roger and Patty Wheatfill live next door. The Wheatfills said they woke up early Thursday morning to the sound of a vehicle speeding past their residence. They said they also heard what they initially thought were multiple gunshots. Roger Wheatfill said he and his wife got out of bed, and he looked out the window but didn't see anything and went back to bed. The Wheatfills said Emory lived at the house with his grandmother, and Thursday morning wasn't the first time police had been called to the house.
Lindemulder of the sheriff's department did not have a medical condition on Emory late Thursday afternoon.
"He's not going to be released (from the hospital) today," he said.
State police investigators spent the day collecting evidence at the crime scene and interviewing witnesses, Lindemulder said.
Lindemulder said he expects criminal charges to be filed against Emory but that any specific charges have not yet been determined.
"We still have to consult with the state's attorney and see what direction he wants to go," he said.
According to Vermilion County circuit court records, Emory was charged with driving under the influence on June 17, and that case is still pending. And in April 2011, he was charged with resisting a police officer and two counts of domestic battery. He pleaded guilty to the resisting charge and the domestic battery counts were dropped. He was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge and ordered to perform 100 hours of public service work in lieu of jail time and given six months to complete the work, which he completed, according to circuit court records.