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Wounded student still hospitalized

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) -- Authorities released more information about an officer-involved shooting near campus.

23-year old Samuel Applebaum, a UI student from Floosmoor, remains hospitalized after being shot in the leg.

Police say they responded to the area of John and Locust streets for a call of a man loading a firearm, about 6:20 pm, Thursday. When officers arrived, they found Applebaum in possession of what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun.

Officials say, when he refused to drop the weapon and pointed it at officers, three officers fired, wounding Applebaum. They then provided medical assistance until EMTs arrived and took him to the hospital.

Investigators say the gun recovered from the scene "was determined later to be a Beretta air pellet pistol which very closely resembled a real handgun." Authorities say there were no features which distinguished it from a real gun until it was inspected closely.

Illinois State Police are conducting an investigation. UI Police officers Chuck Hoskins and AJ Martin, along with Champaign County Sheriff's Deputy Cory Christensen, are all on administrative leave which is standard protocol anytime an officer is involved in a shooting.

UI Police Chief Craig Stone and Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh say they have full confidence the "officers acted correctly and within their respective departments' training and protocols." 

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