Champaign Police Make an Arrest Following a Shooting

Contact: Lt. Tod Myers, 217-403-7020[email protected]

On April 8, 2015 at approximately 2:43 PM, Champaign Police officers were responding to the 400 Block of W. Maple St concerning a shots fired investigation that reportedly occurred the night prior. While officers were on this call, they reported hearing several shots fired in the area of W. Beardsley and N. Elm.  Upon investigation at the scene, officers took two individuals into custody who were seen running from the area. Police found one gunshot victim in the 1100 block of N. Elm St.  The injured party sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body and officers provided immediate medical assistance until medics arrived for hospital transport.

When officers responded to the area of Beardsley & Elm, they observed two subjects fleeing on foot.  One of the detained subjects was interviewed and released after investigations indicated the subject was a bystander running from the area after hearing shots fired.

The second subject, 20-year-old Tarrell L. Boatman was pursued on foot by an officer who reported seeing Boatman in possession of a weapon, which he tossed during the pursuit.  Officers apprehended Boatman and later recovered the weapon along the flight path.  Boatman was arrested for the incident on charges of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.

As a community invested in safety and crime prevention, we ask that anyone with information about this crime please contact Champaign Police by calling (217) 351-4545.  CPD reminds citizens that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is anonymous.  Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency.  Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.  Anonymous tips can be shared by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at; or by texting “CCTIP” plus the crime information to 274637 (CRIMES). Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for these crimes.