Officer-involved shooting investigated

Latest: 4:00 pm, 6/1/17, Thursday 

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) -- An investigation into an officer-involved shooting has determined the suspect, Donald Redmon, 33, was armed with a loaded 9mm handgun at the time he was shot by the officer.

Police say the officer "fired three shots, ending the perceived threat." Redmon was struck and taken to the hospital for his injuries. His condition is not known.

Authorities say a second man, Dallas Vorties, 29, was driving a vehicle involved in the incident and fled the scene on foot before being apprehended. Officials say Vorties was also in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun when he was arrested.

Investigators say they found 26 individual bags of what's believed to be crack cocaine in the vehicle. Vorties faces charges of armed violence.

The officer involved in the incident, Detective Jeffrey Hockaday is a 17-year veteran of the Decatur Police Department. Illinois State Police is in charge of the investigation. 

Latest: 10:40 pm, 5/31/17, Wednesday

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) -- A police officer shot a man who tried to run from a traffic stop. It happened Wednesday afternoon, in the 800-block of South Webster.

Police say two suspects ran from the car and both had guns. The man who was shot was taken to the hospital. He's in stable condition. The other suspect was arrested and is expected to face weapons charges.

"I was in my window here watering my plants," says LaVerne Troupe.

It happened right in front of her house.

"Tires screeching, and then the pow pow pow, the screams, and the sirens," says Troupe.

This wasn't something Troupe expected to see after calling this home for a decade.

"It's an outrage," she said. "We just didn't have a lot of crime in this area, and the fact that this happened today."

"During this foot pursuit, shots were fired, and one suspect was struck," says Deputy Jason Walker.

Several people say they heard three gunshots. Police say the officer who fired his weapon is a 17-year veteran of the department. Investigators and city officials are working with ALERT, the response team partnership between police and the NAACP, which was created specifically for situations like this.

"We want to make sure that the information that the community is receiving is proper and is timely, and most of all, that it's correct," says Reverand Anthony Fluker, who's part of the team.

At a news conference, investigators didn't take questions, but residents have plenty of them.

"This is just the beginning of the summer," says Troupe. "What's this going to do later?"

Troupe has her own theories about that. Police hope a thorough investigation will eliminate the need for them.

"The Decatur Police Department is committed to providing a fair, accurate and independent investigation into the circumstances of this officer-involved shooting," says Walker.

"I hope that, because of what happened, the police open their eyes and see a forecoming problem," says Troupe.

Illinois State Police have taken over the investigation. Its crime scene units were on the street for about five hours Wednesday afternoon.

Decatur police say the officers involved were not wearing body cameras. Their squad car did have a video camera in it. State police are reviewing that to see if the traffic stop or the shooting were captured.

This is the second police shooting Decatur police have been involved in within the year. In July 2016, 40-year old Lonnie Mitchell was unarmed when he was shot on East Main Street.

Police were called there after a report he had a gun. It turned out to be a BB gun. 

Update: 6:10 pm, 5/31/17, Wednesday 

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) -- New details are being released after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon.

Police say they pulled over a car in the 800-block of South Webster for a traffic stop. They say two suspects took off running, and officers started chasing them on foot. They say they saw handguns on both suspects.

Police say shots were fired, and one of the suspects was hit in the lower back. He was taken to surgery and is in stable condition. 

The other suspect was caught after a foot chase. He's expected to be arrested for weapons charges. Police say two handguns were found at the scene. 

Illinois State Police are investigating the incident. They say the officers involved did not have body cameras, but the squad car is equipped with video. 

Decatur police held a press conference Wednesday afternoon, but did not answer any questions. 

Original: 4:40 pm, 5/31/17, Wednesday

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) -- An area street is closed off while police investigate an officer-involved shooting.

Illinois State Police are handling the investigation. It happened Wednesday afternoon, on Webster Street. The area between Webster and Lincoln has been blocked off.

Officials from both the DPD and ISP Crime Scene Unit have been on scene for quite some time.

Besides the portion of Webster, several homes are contained within the taped off crime scene. Neighbors claim they saw a man get shot, but investigators haven't confirmed exactly what happened.

A news conference is scheduled for 5:30 pm. We'll update this story when more information is released. 


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