A Champaign man has been arrested following an investigation into an October 2021 shooting incident. On Oct. 24, 2021, at approximately 1:13 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the area of Town Center Boulevard and North Prospect Avenue for the report of a shooting with injuries. Upon arrival, officers located a 24-year-old male inside a vehicle with a single life-threatening gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he received treatment. He continues to recover from his injuries.
The investigation indicated that the victim had a minor exchange, including the honk of a horn, at the suspect vehicle before the suspect, Derrick Humphery, Jr., 32, of Champaign, produced a handgun and opened fire. The victim lost consciousness after being shot, causing his vehicle to crash. On March 1, 2023, Humphery was arrested for his involvement in this incident. He remains in the custody of the Champaign County Correctional Center on charges including Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, and Aggravated Discharge.
The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office 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 373tips.com; 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.