Arrest Made in September 15, 2020, Shooting Investigation

On Sept. 15, 2020, at approximately 11:29 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 2500 block of West Springfield Avenue for reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 25-year-old male with two gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital and immediately taken into surgery where he was treated for his injuries.

Henry A. Pettigrew


As the investigation progressed, Champaign Police developed information to identify the suspect in the shooting as a 32-year-old male, identified as Henry A. Pettigrew. On September 25, the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for Pettigrew for the offense of Aggravated Battery/Discharge of a Firearm. Bond on the warrant was set at $250,000.

On January 20, 2021, at 9:45 a.m., the United States Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force along with the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force arrested Pettigrew in the 1600 block of Olympian Road in Urbana. Pettigrew was transported to the Champaign County Satellite Jail where he is awaiting future court proceedings.

The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the community, the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office and the US Marshals Service for its assistance during this investigation.

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 can 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.

Champaign Police reminds citizens that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely 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.

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