Arrest Made in August 27, 2022, Homicide Investigation

The Champaign Police Department has made an arrest related to an early morning homicide investigation. On August 27, 2022, at approximately 3:32 a.m., Champaign Police responded to a call for assistance from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office in the 700 Block of N. Neil Street related to a shooting with injury. Upon arrival, County deputies located a 36-year-old male victim from Champaign suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the torso and immediately rendered medical aid. He was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation indicated that a crowd was gathering in the parking lot of a small strip mall when an argument quickly escalated and a subject opened fire, striking the victim.

On August 27, 2022, Champaign Police arrested Neilmyer Anderson, 32, of Champaign in the 1500-block of N. Lincoln Avenue in Urbana for his involvement in this incident. Prior to his arrest, Anderson made a brief attempt to flee. Anderson was arrested on an initial charge of Murder. A firearm was found on his person at the time of the arrest. 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 our law enforcement partners – including the University of Illinois Police Department, Urbana Police Department, and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office – for their assistance in investigating this incident.

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.