Authorities to release police shooting body camera video


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — One day after the community mourned the loss of Champaign police officer Chris Oberheim at his funeral, law enforcement authorities plan to release police body camera video that shows how he died.

Investigators who have reviewed the video say it will be released to the press on Thursday afternoon. The images, along with new information from prosecutors, could shed new light on how the shooting unfolded. 

State police have confirmed Darion Lafayette did not have a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, and even if he had one at one time, his three felony convictions would have prohibited him from legally having a gun. Authorities have not explained how they believe Lafayette came into possession of the weapon. 

Lafayette died in the shootout with police last week. Police were responding to a domestic violence call when the shooting occurred. 

Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly addressed the investigation Thursday.

“I suspect either today or tomorrow, there will be much more information released about some of the specific findings of that investigation and the materials that have been provided to the state’s attorney’s office,” Kelly said.

Kelly did not say whether or not he saw the body camera footage of the incident.

Oberheim’s funeral was Wednesday. Officers from not only across the state, but from across the country traveled to Monticello to pay their respects at the visitation.

“I know that yesterday was a very hard day for them. And it was a hard day for that entire community,” Kelly said. “They laid that officer to rest, and I know that the strength of the family and the daughters, in particular, four of them was very moving and inspiring to everyone to see how they are handling that and showing such strength and grace and a very difficult moment. So we, pray for the officers speedy recovery, who’s survived and then, obviously, for the love and support of that family who’s still grieving.”

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates. 

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