Category: Police Department Press Releases

UPDATE: Police Seek Motorist and Pedestrian Assistance in Homicide Investigation

The Champaign Police Department continues to ask for the public’s assistance in the homicide investigation of 35-year-old Arnold F. Hopkins of Champaign. On Oct. 14, 2018, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Hopkins was found inside a private residence in the 2600 block of Lawndale Drive with a fatal gunshot wound. Police are now urging anyone who […]


Area Law Enforcement Scenario Training to be held Thursday

Champaign County law enforcement agencies will be holding a joint training exercise this Thursday, October 18, starting at 10:00 p.m. at Zahnd Park, 2502 South Staley Road and the Stephens Family YMCA, 2501 Fields South Drive, Champaign. The exercise will conclude at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Friday, October 19. Citizens can expect to see several […]


UPDATE: Police Request Community Assistance in Fatal Shooting Investigation

The Champaign Police Department is asking for assistance from residents that live in the area between Kirby to Springfield Avenue, and between Duncan and Kenwood Road. If any resident has exterior home camera surveillance systems, please contact the police department. It is believed video footage between the hours of midnight-3 a.m. may be of investigative assistance. Police are especially interested in residents with home surveillance systems […]


Police Investigate Fatal Shooting in the 2600 Block of Lawndale Drive

On October 14, 2018, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Champaign Police responded to the 2600 block of Lawndale Drive for a report of gunshots being heard. Upon arrival, officers located a 35-year-old male who had suffered a fatal gunshot wound. The victim was found inside a private residence. Police are processing evidence from the scene and […]


UPDATED: Police Seek Information on Recent Shootings and Wanted Subjects

The Champaign Police Department, along with local partners at the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Illinois Police Department and the Urbana Police Department, seek the public’s assistance locating the following six individuals who have outstanding arrest warrants and are known gang members or affiliated with known gang members. Eric D. Kirk has an […]


Police Seek Information on Recent Shootings and Wanted Subjects

The Champaign Police Department, along with local partners at the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Illinois Police Department and the Urbana Police Department, seek the public’s assistance locating the following four individuals who have outstanding arrest warrants and are known gang members or affiliated with known gang members. Eric D. Kirk has an […]


Police Investigate Shooting in 1600 Block of Sheffield Road

On Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at approximately 7:57 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 1600 block of Sheffield Road for reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, police learned an unknown number of suspects exchanged multiple rounds of gunfire outside of a residence, resulting in vehicle and property damage. Following preliminary investigation, it was discovered a male […]


Arrest Made in Aug. 23, 2018, N. Hickory Street Homicide Investigation

This evening, at approximately 5:45 p.m., the Waterloo Police Department, with assistance from the United States Marshals Service, arrested 48-year-old Shoen Russell of Champaign in Waterloo, Iowa, on charges of First-Degree Murder. Russell was arrested without incident and charged in connection with the death of 48-year-old Darin Mitchell, also of Champaign. On Aug. 23, at […]


Champaign Police Invite Community Members for Coffee and Conversation

In celebration of the third annual national Coffee with a Cop Day, the Champaign Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 7-9 a.m. at Biggby Coffee, located at 401 S. Mattis Ave. Coffee with a Cop is a unique opportunity for residents to meet with police officers to ask […]


Champaign Police Reminds Public to “Lock Up” Following Recent Vehicle Burglaries

The Champaign Police Department is currently investigating multiple cases involving unknown offenders who break into vehicles and remove items of value. Over the past several days, the department has taken multiple reports of burglary to vehicles occurring throughout the city. Many of these burglaries occurred when victims left their property (wallets, purses, backpacks, etc.) in […]