No charges in officer-involved shooting

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VERMILION COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — No criminal charges will be filed in an officer-involved shooting which involved the death of a suspect.

In June, Danathe Gulliford was reportedly involved in a  domestic altercation with two women at a home on Sherman Street. Police were called to the scene just before 2 am and told the suspect left the residence in a vehicle, armed with a firearm.

Danville Police Officers Dunavan and Phillips tried conducting a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle which pulled into a driveway in the 600-block of Harmon Street.

When the officers instructed the suspect, later identified as Gulliford, to exit the vehicle and show his hands, officers reported he kept his right hand at his side and behind him, out of view of the officers.

Two other responding officers witnessed the interaction. Because authorities had been told the suspect had a gun, Officers Dunavan and Phillips fired when Gulliford would not respond to their commands to show both his hands.

Gulliford was shot five times but ran from the scene. He succumbed to his injuries behind the home where first aid was immediately administered. At that time, officers found a fully-loaded .22 caliber revolved in Gulliford’s front right pocket.

Gulliford was pronounced dead at the hospital about 2:30 am. An autopsy determined Gulliford was shot five times. A toxicology report showed he had cocaine and THC in his system. Approximately 10 grams of cocaine was also located concealed on Gulliford’s body during the autopsy.  

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