City of Champaign Issues Statement Regarding Preliminary Findings of Investigation Into Officer Involved Shooting

The tragedy that unfolded during the early morning of May 19th that claimed the life of Police Officer Chris Oberheim has shaken our City organization and community and caused many to reflect on the dangers that all law enforcement officers face daily. The State’s Attorney’s preliminary findings regarding the investigation affirms that Officers Oberheim and Creel acted professionally and heroically during this tragic incident and lived up to their oaths to protect and serve. We continue to grieve with the Oberheim family and the men and women of the Champaign Police Department who lost a husband, father, colleague, and friend. We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support for the Oberheim family, Officer Creel, and members of law enforcement at this difficult time. Because this remains an open investigation, the City cannot provide any further information or comment at this time.