Ceremony honors officers killed in the line duty

SPRINGFIELD – As rain steadily fell in Springfield Thursday morning, there was a somber feeling among the law enforcement officers and elected officials that gathered at the Illinois State Library to honor 11 fallen officers killed in the line of duty in 2021. “I have a heavy heart when I think about the loss of […]

Fallen Officer Honored With Portion of Champaign Roadway

CHAMPAIGN – This week, the city of Champaign dedicated a portion of University Avenue to police officer Chris Oberheim. Oberheim was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call on the morning of May 19. Officer Jeffrey Creel, who was shot and wounded, killed the suspect, Darion Lafayette of Champaign. On Tuesday, members […]

State’s Attorney Says Deadly Force ‘Justified’ In Police Shooting

Editor’s Note: Illinois State Police released videos of the deadly May 19 shootings in Champaign. You can find a synced video of area surveillance cameras and police body cams here. The video is graphic. Viewer discretion is strongly advised. CHAMPAIGN – On the day after Champaign Officer Chris Oberheim’s funeral, Illinois State Police released surveillance […]

Funeral Held For Slain Champaign Police Officer

DECATUR – An estimated 2,000 friends, family and police officers filled a church in Decatur Wednesday for the funeral of Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim. He was killed last week while answering a domestic disturbance call. The funeral was closed to the public and the news media. But the public was encouraged to come out […]

Funeral Service And Procession Confirmed For Champaign Officer

CHAMPAIGN – A police officer killed in the line of duty will be laid to rest on Wednesday according to the Champaign Police Department. Officer Chris Oberheim was shot on May 19 during an apartment complex shootout. A second officer, Jeffrey Creel, was wounded by the alleged suspect as the officers responded to a report […]

Police Processional Escorts Body Of Fallen Champaign Officer

CHAMPAIGN – A police processional escorted the body of a slain Champaign police officer from the Champaign county coroner’s office in Urbana to a funeral home in Decatur on Thursday. People lined the processional route in several locations, as the body of 44-year-old Chris Oberheim was taken to Graceland-Fairlawn Funeral Home. One of those locations […]

Photo Gallery: Procession For Champaign Officer Chris Oberheim

URBANA – Many people lined up to honor a fallen Champaign police officer during a procession from Urbana to Decatur. Authorities say a gunman killed 44-year-old Officer Chris Oberheim during a shootout at an apartment complex early Wednesday. Here are pictures and video images from the procession to honor Oberheim on Thursday.

Procession For Fallen Officer To Begin Thursday at 1pm

URBANA – A procession for fallen Champaign officer Chris Oberheim will wind through Central Illinois on Thursday afternoon. The Champaign Police Department said the procession will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Champaign County Coroner’s Office on Art Bartell Road in Urbana. It will proceed down Main and Vine Streets to University Avenue. From there […]

Two Dead, Including Champaign Police Officer, After Early Morning Shooting

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign police officer and a city resident have both died after being shot when police responded to a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning. 44-year-old Chris Oberheim was one of two officers that responded to a call for assistance on North Neil Street shortly after 3:00 a.m. Wednesday. Champaign Police say when officers […]