Arrest Made in October 4, 2020, Shooting Investigation

On October 7, 2020, at approximately 11:43 p.m., Champaign Police arrested Demerio Hilson, 34, of Champaign, for his alleged involvement in an Oct. 4, 2020, shooting. Hilson was arrested in the 1200 block of Paula Drive, Champaign, on several weapon-related offenses.

On Oct. 4, 2020, at approximately 12:37 a.m., Champaign Police responded to the area of Hickory Street and Bellefontaine Street for reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 31-year-old male with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to a lower extremity. Officers provided medical aid and the victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Following his arrest, Hilson was transported to the Champaign County Correctional Center where he is awaiting future court proceedings.

Although an arrest has been made, the incident remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to please contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements may be made for information to be shared privately. If you wish to remain anonymous you may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

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All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.