Chase leads to officer-involved shooting

Latest: 1:00 pm, 6/13/17, Tuesday 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- A police officer who shot a suspect he was chasing may have slipped causing his weapon to discharge.

Authorities say Officer James Hobson tried to stop a vehicle in the 400-block of East Washington Street. The vehicle sped off forcing the officer to give chase.

The driver, later identified as 22-year old Dehari Banks, fled on foot after crashing his vehicle into a garage. Officer Hobson gave chase through various yards and alleyways.

Officials say Hobson gave verbal commands for Banks to stop and identified himself. The chase ended when Banks reached a fenced-in area.

He turned to face Officer Hobson who drew his weapon. It's believed Hobson's foot slipped as he tried to stop and caused "an accidental discharge of his weapon," according to police officials.

Banks was struck in the shoulder. He was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. Preliminary reports state Banks did not have a weapon at the time.

Chief Anthony Cobb stated:

As a Department, we fully recognize the number of questions and concerns that our community will have from any officer-involved shooting. We will continue to cooperate with the Multi-Jurisdictional Investigative Team and provide updates as information becomes available. We ask for our community’s continued patience as the investigators work to complete the investigation.

Hobson is on paid leave pending completion of the investigation by Illinois State Police. Banks is still hospitalized and is not currently facing any charges. 

Update: 3:30 pm, 6/12/17, Monday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- Neighbors say the town is getting scarier after a chase led to an officer-involved shooting Sunday night. It happened about 10:30 pm, in the 300-block of North Fourth Street.

Officers tried to initiate a traffic stop when the suspect took off. He crashed his car into someone's garage before fleeing on foot. 

The 22-year old suspect then fled the scene as police followed him to Fourth Street. Shortly thereafter, officials say the officer's gun fired and hit the suspect in the shoulder.

The suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators were collecting evidence Monday morning. 

One neighbor says she was sleeping when she heard the events unfold right under her window. Other neighbors say it's usually a quiet area and they were surprised by the police presence on their street.

Many say they've had enough of the violence in the area. This is the third shooting in the city in the past two weeks. Shots were fired at Market Place Mall and a man was killed next to Douglass Park. 

Original: 5:15 am, 6/12/17, Monday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- Illinois State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting. It happened a little after 10:30 pm, Sunday, in the 300-block of North Fourth Street.

It started as a traffic stop in the 400-block of East Washington. During the attempted stop, the suspect ran from police and crashed his car into a home in the 400-block of East Church.

The driver then ran from the scene. During the apprehension, the officer's gun was fired, and the suspect was shot in the shoulder. He was immediately taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury.

 

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