Arrest Made in July 5, 2022, Shooting Investigation

The Champaign Police Department has made an arrest related to a July 5, 2022, shooting investigation. At 7:35 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, officers from the Champaign Police Department were dispatched to the 1600-block of West University Avenue for a report of a shooting with injury. Upon arrival, officers located a 20-year-old Champaign man who was alert and talking but had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. Officers immediately rendered medical aid until the victim could be transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and ultimately released.

An investigation revealed that the victim was driving eastbound on University Avenue when a vehicle pulled up next to him and fired multiple rounds at his vehicle, striking him. After being shot, the victim crashed his vehicle into a light pole and the suspect vehicle fled eastbound on University Avenue. The victim exited his vehicle and sought assistance at a nearby home, where the resident rendered aid until officers arrived to assist.

On August 25, 2022, Champaign Police joined the United States Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Task Force to arrest Jazontae Sanders, 20, of Urbana, for his involvement in this incident. Sanders faces charges of Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery. He remains in the custody of the Champaign County Correctional Center, awaiting arraignment and trial.

The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshals Service for their assistance during this investigation.

Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is ongoing, and 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.

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.