This afternoon at approximately 3:58 PM, Champaign Police responded to the area of the 900 block of North Fourth Street after receiving a report of an armed subject in the area. Responding officers were provided a clothing description of the armed subject and information suggesting the armed subject was walking into Douglass Park in the direction of Booker T. Washington School. Due to the proximity of the armed subject and to ensure the safety of students and school staff, the Champaign Police Department requested Booker T. Washington School be placed on lockdown.
As responding officers arrived in the area, officers observed two individuals in the park, one of which appeared to match the clothing description of the armed suspect. These individuals were detained by officers and the on-scene investigation led to the arrest of a 20-year-old male from Urbana and the recovery of a handgun.
The investigation is still in its early stages; however, no information currently exists to suggest anyone at the school was in immediate danger. Although an arrest has been made, police continue to investigate this incident. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident should contact police at 217-351-4545.
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All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.