Police nab alleged gun-toter near Champaign library

Police nab alleged gun-toter near Champaign library

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police arrested a man late Thursday morning minutes after he allegedly pointed a gun at a person in the Campustown area.

Lt. Bruce Ramseyer said at 10:59 a.m., police received a report of two men at First Street and Springfield Avenue, one of whom was allegedly pointing a handgun at another man.

The witness gave a specific description of the man with the gun, reporting that he put the shiny silver handgun in a backpack before taking off on a bicycle.

Within minutes, police spotted a man matching the description of the gunman at Neil Street and Springfield and began chasing him. Ramseyer said the man dropped the bicycle and ran, tossing a handgun in his path of flight before police found him in the 400 block of West Springfield Avenue at 11:10 a.m.

Several officers set up a perimeter in the area near the Champaign Public Library and were seen on foot with guns drawn.

Police also recovered the silver handgun and the backpack the alleged gunman had.

Ramseyer said police were still investigating to see if a second person was involved.

In custody on preliminary charges of unlawful use of weapons and resisting a peace officer was Andre C. Johnson, 23, of Chicago.

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cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on August 10, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Probably a non ccw/foid card holder.


More Chicago values in Champaign.

CommonSenseless wrote on August 10, 2017 at 2:08 pm

What do you mean no permit?  Gun control via paperwork works you know!

jparks wrote on August 10, 2017 at 8:08 pm

Misunderstood.  Racially profiled.  Terrible upbringing.  Yada, yada, yada.  Julia will give him two months probation. 

I started to say home confinement with electronic monitoring but James Kill more (Kilgore) said that was too confining.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on August 10, 2017 at 9:08 pm

An officer suffered a major injury during the arrest, but there is of course no mention of that anywhere.