Two men face charges after chase, shootout

Two men face charges after chase, shootout

Third man was killed by police during gunfire

DANVILLE — Two men involved in Wednesday morning's deadly shootout with Danville police are scheduled to be formally charged Friday in connection with the incident.

Vermilion County State's Attorney Randy Brinegar said Thursday that he filed criminal charges against Charles R. Twigg and Gaylen L. Thomas following the incident, in which Scott C. Islam, 33, of Danville, was shot and killed by police.

Twigg, 29, and Thomas, 27, both of Danville, each face four counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, a Class 3 felony which upon conviction, carries special penalty provisions at sentencing. They also each face one count of aggravated discharge of a weapon and one count of aggravated possession of two to five firearms, both Class 1 felonies.

Brinegar said the men are scheduled to be formally charged in Vermilion County Circuit Court Friday afternoon. They are being held without bond at the jail.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said an autopsy performed on Thursday indicated Mr. Islam died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Illinois State Police are investigating the shooting and chase involving Danville officers.

According to officials, police responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Harmon and Woodbury streets around 2:40 a.m. Nine minutes later, they spotted a brown vehicle matching a description of one that was given, near Fairchild and Kingdom streets.

Police attempted to stop the car, but it drove off and police gave chase. After the car crashed into an apartment building at the intersection of Logan Avenue and Kimber Street, the occupants exchanged gunfire with police.

Islam was struck once in the head by a bullet, Brinegar said. He died at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana later that afternoon.

Twigg and Thomas were arrested at the scene.

No police officers or anyone else was injured.

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