Vigil held for Danville man killed in officer-involved shooting

Vigil held for Danville man killed in officer-involved shooting

DANVILLE — Friends and loved ones of a man who was killed in Tuesday's officer-involved shooting gathered in front of the Danville Public Safety Building on Wednesday night to remember him.

"Ain't nobody coming here to do nothing crazy," longtime friend Dean Williams said at a candlelight vigil for 34-year-old DaNathe M. Gulliford of Danville. "We're just here to show our love and support for Dee. Regardless of the situation, he was a human being. People are hurting, and people are angry."

"We just want answers," said Sharon Butler.

Late Wednesday night, Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden confirmed that Mr. Gulliford was the person who died. She said an autopsy was performed Tuesday, but the results are pending.

No other new information was released Wednesday about the shooting, which occurred at 1:58 a.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of Harmon Street.

Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said the shooting occurred following a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 600 block of Sherman Street, a few streets away. During the disturbance, a 34-year-old man reportedly threatened an individual with a gun, and a 39-year-old woman and 43-year-old man who were also present were injured.

According to Thomason, the description of the man and his vehicle, along with his license-plate number, were put out over the police radio. Two officers who responded — a veteran and a trainee — spotted the vehicle a few streets away on Harmon and made a traffic stop.

The officers repeatedly ordered the man to exit the vehicle with his hands showing, but he didn't comply. When he did emerge, he was seen with a firearm in his hand. At some point, the officers fired at the man, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Illinois State Police are investigating.

The vigil was attended by at least 50 people. Williams wore a T-shirt that said "Justice for Dee," and others held signs.

Butler came with Diane Carrington, whom she said was Mr. Gulliford's foster mother and may have adopted him at some point. Regardless, Butler said Carrington considered Mr. Gulliford her son, and she considered him her nephew.

"He took care of her. He was good to her, and he was good to his kids," Butler said of Mr. Gulliford, adding that his children are also in foster care.

Butler said she's praying for her sister, who also lost her biological daughter to a stroke about 10 years ago. She's also praying for the officers and their families.

"It's going to affect them, too," she said.

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