UPDATE: Champaign officer, suspect ID'd in shooting incident

UPDATE: Champaign officer, suspect ID'd in shooting incident

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CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign police officer remains on leave while detectives from other agencies investigate his shooting Sunday of an unarmed man.

On Tuesday, the city released information involving the incident between Officer James Hobson, who’s been with the department since September 2015, and the man he was pursuing, Dehari Banks, 22, whose last known address was on Kiler Drive in Champaign.

Hobson described the shooting as an accident. He wasn’t wearing a body camera at the time, said Police Chief Anthony Cobb, whose department started using that technology on a limited basis in April and plans to have all officers equipped next month.

Hobson remained on paid investigative leave while Banks was listed in good condition Tuesday at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, after having been shot in the shoulder.

Cobb said the department will continue to cooperate with the multi-jurisdictional investigative team looking into the shooting.

“The short of it — is the investigation is ongoing, it will be thorough,” Cobb said Tuesday. “As we get more information, and we’re able to release information, we’ll do so to the public. We want to be transparent with the public and make sure people understand the circumstances around it. We want to answer questions that the public may have.

“But it’s going to be a timely process. So we’re asking that the public be patient.”

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Mike Atkinson, who heads up the multi-jurisdictional team of detectives, said they will need at least three weeks to complete their investigation. Their report will be forwarded to State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, who would make any decisions about whether a crime occurred, and to the city, which would decide if Hobson should be disciplined.

According to the incident report, Hobson tried to stop Banks at 10:37 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of East Washington Street for an alleged traffic violation, but Banks allegedly kept driving for several blocks. He eventually pulled into a driveway in the 400 block of East Church Street, where his car ran into a garage.

Banks then got out of the car and ran with Hobson in pursuit on foot. Both men ran between houses, backyards and alley ways, with Hobson shouting at Banks to stop and identifying himself as a police officer, according to the account given to authorities by the officer.

The foot chase ended when Banks reached a fenced-in area in the 300 block of North Fourth Street. He then turned toward Hobson, who drew his duty weapon as he was coming to a running stop, the officer said.

Hobson told authorities “his footing slipped, and he ended up discharging his weapon,” Cobb said. “Preliminary information is that he accidentally shot Mr. Banks from the discharge of his weapon.”
Preliminary information was that Banks was not armed.

Banks was hit in the shoulder by the single gunshot and was provided medical care by officers who arrived within seconds. He was then taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Atkinson said Hobson wrote a report about the incident, which Atkinson said he has received and is reviewing. Joining him in the investigation are detectives from his office, the Rantoul, Urbana and Parkland police departments, and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

Court records show that Banks has a pending traffic case for allegedly driving under suspension in March in Champaign. He last appeared in court May 30 and is due back July 5.

Records show he has a single prior felony conviction for burglary, misdemeanor convictions for retail theft and resisting a peace officer, city ordinance violations for being a minor in possession of alcohol and possession of cannabis, and traffic convictions for driving under suspension, not wearing a seat belt, driving an uninsured vehicle and riding without a bicycle light.

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cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on June 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Yodler........ your the expert in this sort of stuff... let us know whsat you think

 

same with you saulie......................

Roanrider wrote on June 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm

And another hood rat gets rich courtesy of someone who doesn't know basic firearm safety.

Thewatcher wrote on June 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm

Of course it goes without saying none of this would have occurred if the guy just complied with the officer during the routine traffic stop...but let's see who spins this as the police's fault.

tpolk wrote on June 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm

"Seat belt," not "seart belt."

Dan Corkery wrote on June 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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Thank you for flagging that typo.

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Local Yocal wrote on June 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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The attitude that they are but "hood rats" is what leads some to pull out a gun and point it at someone when someone surrenders. 

Roanrider wrote on June 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Nice try, but I'm pretty sure he drew his weapon because there's a good chance that someone stupid enough to run from the police is also stupid enough to be carrying an illegal firearm.

Beem wrote on June 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm

I haven't seen any mention of Banks surrendering. It said he came to a fenced-in area and then turned toward Hobson.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on June 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Called it.  You are a few minutes late, but better late than sorry.  Glad to see  that yoiu have video of him surrendering.  Please share it with all of us.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on June 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

That was for Yodler and for Saulie when he checks in with  his anti police rants.  Yodler.. you got video of the surrender?  Wanna share it with us?  Or is this just like  "TRUMP tapes"   I did notice the suspect was DUS.................................

 

alot of DUS drivers running around huh.................

jdmac44 wrote on June 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

Because people who run from the police are usually upstanding citizens who'd never harm police.

awilson wrote on June 13, 2017 at 8:06 pm

A lack of trigger discipline by the officer coupled with another thug (he's a thug because he ran from the police before one of you tries to imply racism) running from the police will cost us taxpayers a bunch more cash. Thanks to both people involved. We taxpayers really appreciate it.

rsp wrote on June 14, 2017 at 9:06 am

Maybe he ran because he was afraid he would get shot? He stopped running and he got shot.

By the way, calling people thugs is racist.

Thewatcher wrote on June 16, 2017 at 11:06 am

So the answer is to then always run from police, is that what you're saying?  Stop being an idiot.

Also, the defintion of thug includes being a robber.  He's a convicted felon for robbery.  So the term applies.

awilson wrote on June 13, 2017 at 8:06 pm

A lack of trigger discipline by the officer coupled with another thug (he's a thug because he ran from the police before one of you tries to imply racism) running from the police will cost us taxpayers a bunch more cash. Thanks to both people involved. We taxpayers really appreciate it.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on June 13, 2017 at 8:06 pm

Sorta like the big money the city spent when they forgot to fix the sidewalk and some guy on a segway face planted on it.......... Did you blame public works for that too?

 

No?  why not.............

Dread Pirate DNT wrote on June 14, 2017 at 10:06 am
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Can the victim claim he accidentally ran from the police? I feel like if you can convince the cousin-loving Trump crowd in here that an officer accidentally fired his gun after pulling it out and pointing it at an unarmed man who had surrendered then you could certainly convince them this guy 'accidentally' fled.

Oh he's black, you say? Lock him up.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on June 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Again  you and your cousin Yodler............ where does it say inthe least that the suspect surrendered in the media or the police press release.  Please show me the video you have of him   "hands up dont shoot" or what ever thye mantra of the day is ..................................either that or you are,.,,,,,,,,,,,,,

 

mistaken