Man shot by Vermilion deputy facing weapons charges
UPDATED AT 7:28 P.M.
DANVILLE — A 20-year-old rural Danville man who was shot and injured by a Vermilion County sheriff’s deputy last week was formally charged with several weapons offenses Wednesday.
Caleb R. Emory faces one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, one count of aggravated assault for a person 60 years old and one count of assault.
Prosecutors said he fired a weapon at a house on Arlington Drive in unincorporated Home Gardens, southern Vermilion County, the morning of Nov. 21.
State’s Attorney Randy Brinegar called the incident “a disturbance between some of his friends and him” but wouldn’t release any more details.
Emory made an appearance Wednesday in Vermilion County Circuit Court via video conference. At the hearing, Vermilion County Associate Judge Mark Goodwin appointed the county public defender’s office to represent him, and the attorney entered an initial “not guilty” plea on Emory’s behalf.
Goodwin upheld Emory’s bond of $100,000, which had previously been set.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19.
If Emory is convicted of the aggravated discharge of a firearm charge, he could face between four and 15 years in prison, according to Brinegar.
Emory was arrested on a warrant for the weapons charges around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after his release from Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Emory was hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries on Nov. 21, after he was shot and injured by the deputy at his residence at 2530 Georgetown Road in unincorporated Hegeler.
Illinois State Police are still investigating that shooting.
“We should have everything wrapped up and sent to the state’s attorney’s office by the end of next week,” state police Lt. Greg Lindemulder said of that investigation.
According to initial reports, deputies were called to a domestic disturbance at the Georgetown Road residence, just west of the old McMillan Grade School, at 4:13 a.m. They found Emory at the residence, and “during the attempted enforcement action,” Emory was shot and injured.
Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the deputy — a 20-year-plus veteran of the force whose name has not been released — was following departmental procedure when he fired his weapon.
Lindemulder declined to release any more information on the incident, including what prompted the deputy’s actions. Brinegar will review the final report and determine whether those actions were justified.