Champaign man dies in shootout with police

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A Champaign police officer and a Champaign man were killed in a shootout.

It happened early Wednesday morning at an apartment complex on North Neil Street. Officer Chris Oberheim died from a gunshot wound and his partner, Officer Jeffrey Creel, was shot three times but survived.

The officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call at Town Center Apartments, which ended in gunfire being exchanged. The suspect in the shooting, 24-year-old Darion Lafayette, was also fatally shot and died at the scene.

Illinois State Police are investigating the shooting and what led to the exchange of gunfire.

Lafayette’s family says this isn’t the first time they’ve dealt with a loss like this.

Lafayette’s mother died when he was nine years old and they say that took a toll, but he worked hard and invested in his family, despite the hardships.

Champaign County Court records show Lafayette had been in trouble with the Champaign Police Department before.

According to the Champaign County Circuit Clerk’s Office, back in 2017, Lafayette faced charges of aggravated domestic battery, strangulation, domestic battery, physical contact, and criminal damage to property ranging from $500 to $10,000.

In July 2018, Lafayette was charged with possession of meth and possession of a controlled substance.

Then in 2019, Lafayette was charged with another aggravated domestic battery, strangulation charge, plus additional charges of domestic battery, bodily harm and endangering the life or health of a child.

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