Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline M. Lacy has announced that no criminal charges are warranted in the police officer-involved shooting that took place June 12 on Harmon Street.
Lacy said she has reviewed all the police reports, witness statements, squad car videos, 911 recordings, autopsy report, as well as all photographs of the scene and autopsy. According to Lacy, Danville police officers Jason Dunavan and Brandon Phillips responded to a call of a domestic dispute involving Danathe Gulliford and Veronica and Selah Spence at a residence on Sherman Street. Selah Spence reported to 911 operators that Gulliford was armed and left the scene in a grey Grand Prix.
The officers made a traffic stop in the 600 block of Harmon Street on a vehicle that matched the description of the one involved in the domestic dispute. Officers had their weapons drawn due to the 911 call regarding the suspect being armed. According to the release, the officers repeatedly told Gulliford to show his hands. He quickly exited the vehicle but would only display his left hand.
Two more officers, Michael Stephens and Scott Showers, arrived on scene according to the release, and observed Gulliford moving his right hand to his side and behind his body.
Both Dunavan and Phillips fired their weapons. Gulliford was shot five times, but took off running and was found behind a residence on Harmon Street not far from his vehicle. Police and firefighters administered first aid and Gulliford was taken to Danville’s OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center where he died at 2:33 a.m. June 12.
A fully-loaded revolver was located in his right front pocket, according to the release. It contained six live cartridges and the hammer was cocked.
A toxicology report, Lacy said, showed he was under the influence of cocaine and marijuana. Cocaine also was found on his body.