An investigation is underway after Danville police officers shot and killed a suspect early Tuesday after police said the man refused to drop a weapon as he exited a vehicle.
Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said police were called to a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of Sherman at about 1:55 a.m. Tuesday. Police were told that a man had been in the home and threatened an individual with a firearm, but had left the home.
A description of the man, his vehicle and license plate number was provided to responding officers. En route to the call, two officers spotted the vehicle in the 600 block of Harmon and initiated a traffic stop, Thomason said. The man ordered to drop his weapon, but he refused and police fired.
The name of the dead man has not been released. Police were familiar with the man, Thomason said, and had made contact with him before.
At the Sherman residence, a 43-year-old man and 39-year-old woman were both injured in some way Thomason said, but he did not give details. The suspect was said to be an acquaintance. The two officers involved were a veteran cop and a trainee, according to Thomason. They are on paid leave during the investigation.
Thomason had a news conference about the incident Tuesday surrounded by members of the NAACP, local ministers and Danville’s 3 kings of Peace. He said the group meets regularly to discuss community events.
Ed Butler is the local NAACP president. He urged calm in the community
Thomason said all evidence in the incident is being examined, including any police videos. Once Illinois State Police completes the investigation, it will send reports to Thomason and the Vermilion County state’s attorney’s office, which will review the report and determine whether the shooting was justified. There is no time table on when that will be.