Category: Police Department Press Releases

Police Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Bank Robbery Suspect 

Today at approximately 3:12PM, Champaign Police Officers responded to Regions Bank, located at 111 S. State Street for a reported bank robbery. According to bank staff, the suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.  An undetermined amount of currency was given to the suspect before he fled on foot in […]


Arrest Made in Fatal September 1 Shooting – 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave.

Today at approximately 11:50 AM, Jaki Pearson of Champaign surrendered without incident to detectives of the Champaign Police Department for the offense of Murder. An arrest warrant was issued for 20-year-old Pearson on September 4, in connection with the September 1, 2017 shooting of 19-year-old Brandon J. Smith in the 1200 Block of N. McKinley […]


Police Identify Suspect in September 1 Fatal Shooting – 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave.

On September 1, 2017 at approximately 12:44 AM, Champaign Police responded to the 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave. after nearby officers heard multiple gunshots in the immediate area. Officers located 19-year-old Brandon J. Smith in critical condition. He was transported to Carle Hospital, but would succumb to his injuries a short time later. Since […]


Police Investigate Fatal Shooting – 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave.

On September 1, 2017 at approximately 12:44 AM, Champaign Police responded to the 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave., after nearby officers heard multiple gunshots in the immediate area. When officers arrived on scene, police found a 19-year-old male victim suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to Carle Hospital, where he […]


Police Ask for Witness Support in August 3 Homicide Investigation

On August 3, 2017 at approximately 8:10 PM, Champaign Police Officers responded to the area of Elm St. & Beardsley St. after receiving a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police found 53-year-old Gus Edwards who suffered from a gunshot wound.  Edwards would later succumb to his injuries hours later at Carle Hospital. Champaign Police […]


Police Encourage Safety this Labor Day with Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, often celebrated through picnics, pool parties and other gatherings. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday also can be one of the deadliest due to drunk and drug-impaired motor vehicle crashes. The Champaign Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation to help stop […]


Update – Arrest Made in Fatal Shooting – 300 block of N. Walnut St.

On August 20, 2017 at approximately 3:59 AM, Champaign Police responded to a public parking lot in the 300 Block of N. Walnut St., after receiving multiple reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, police found a 30-year-old male victim suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.  Officers on scene provided medical aid, and the victim was […]


Police Investigate Fatal Shooting – 300 block of N. Walnut St.

On August 20, 2017 at approximately 3:59 AM, Champaign Police responded to a public parking lot in the 300 Block of N. Walnut St., after receiving multiple reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, police found a 30-year-old male victim suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.  Officers on scene provided medical aid, and the victim was […]


Champaign Police Provide Update into Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation

This news release comes as an update to the community regarding the June 11, 2017 shooting incident in which Champaign Police Officer James Hobson reported an accidental discharge of his duty weapon during apprehension of a fleeing subject.  The single bullet discharge resulted in the subject, 22-year-old Dehari Banks, being struck in the shoulder and […]


Champaign Police Conduct Shooting Investigations

On August 11, 2017 at approximately 2:18 AM, Champaign Police responded to the 2500 block of W. Springfield in regards to a shots fired call.  Officers located a 23-year-old male gunshot victim from Champaign laying on the ground outside an apartment building.  Officers provided medical assistance to the victim while waiting for an ambulance.  The […]