State police investigate fatal shooting after chase in Danville

DANVILLE — Two Danville men have been arrested after a police chase in Danville early Wednesday morning that ended with the fatal shooting of a Danville man.

Scott C. Islam, 33, of Danville was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Northrup said Mr. Islam reportedly was shot during an incident involving Mr. Islam and Danville police officers. An autopsy will be performed Thursday.

Danville police re­­sponded at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday to a call that shots were fired in the area of Harmon and Woodbury streets, and a brown vehicle was possibly involved, according to Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason.

About 2:49 a.m., police spotted a vehicle matching the description near Fairchild and Kingdom streets and attempted to stop it, resulting in a chase, according to Thomason.

The vehicle being chased crashed at Logan Avenue and Kimber Street, Thomason said, and the occupants exchanged gunfire with police.

“One individual, a male, was struck,” said Thomason, adding that two of the suspects were immediately taken from the vehicle by police, and the third person, who had been shot, was taken from the vehicle shortly thereafter.

Thomason said when the vehicle crashed, it struck a residential apartment building at that intersection and sheered off a gas meter, which caused gas to escape, causing a fire in the engine compartment of the vehicle.

Police immediately got the two individuals who were not shot out of the vehicle, put out the fire with dry chemical extinguishers and were then able to get Mr. Islam out.

He said one of the other two men suffered a minor injury in the crash. Ameren was called in to fix the gas meter, he added.

Mr. Islam was rushed to Presence United Samaritans Medical Center and later transferred to a hospital in Urbana.

The other two men in the vehicle, Charles R. Twigg, 29, and Gaylen L. Thomas, 27, both of Danville, were arrested by Illinois State Police investigators on preliminary charges of aggravated discharge of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by felon and aggravated possession of a stolen firearm, Thomason said. Both are being held at the Public Safety Building in Danville.

The officers involved were not injured, Thomason said.

Thomason said he has given the officers involved time away from the job to rest after being involved in such an incident.

Illinois State Police personnel have been called in to conduct an investigation into the shooting, Thomason said. He said it’s standard police procedure for another police agency to do an independent investigation when an officer is involved in this type of incident.

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