Police: UI student jailed after release from Carle

Police: UI student jailed after release from Carle

URBANA — A 23-year-old University of Illinois student who allegedly aimed a pellet gun at police, prompting them to shoot him Thursday, is now in the Champaign County jail.

Samuel Applebaum, a senior from Flossmoor who lists an address in the 900 block of South First Street, Champaign, was arrested Saturday and is expected to appear in bond court Sunday on preliminary charges of disorderly conduct, a felony.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Mike Campbell said Friday that Applebaum allegedly called police to the intersection of John and Locust streets about 6:20 p.m., saying there was a man loading a semi-automatic weapon.

Several officers responded and found Applebaum with a realistic-looking gun, which he refused to put down despite being ordered to several times. When he pointed the gun in the direction of officers, three fired and Applebaum was shot in the leg.

Officers discovered the gun was a Beretta pellet gun.

UI police officers Chuck Hoskins and A.J. Martin and Champaign County sheriff's deputy Cory Christensen all fired their weapons at Applebaum. They are on administrative leave while a team of detectives from several agencies, led by state police, investigates whether their response was appropriate.

Campbell said police have body-camera video from Christensen and surveillance video from nearby apartment buildings to review.

Applebaum was booked in to the jail shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday. He had been treated at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

He is expected to be formally charged on Monday.