Police called for shooting at America’s Best Inn


URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — One man was taken into custody after being barricaded for several hours inside America’s Best Inn.

The hotel is at the corner of University and McCullough in Urbana.

Officials say two men got into an argument over a woman. Urbana Police got a call of a man chasing another man with a gun outside of the hotel. That call then got upgraded to shots fired when the suspect fired a gun. The man who was being shot at was not hurt.

Police say the suspect, 50-year-old Tommie Valentine, Jr. then barricaded himself inside a room. SWAT was brought to the scene. Officers got a search warrant around midnight related to the shooting incident.

SWAT deployed two rounds of chemical irritants through a window into the room. They say Valentine came out and was arrested. He faces charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of stolen firearm.

People on the first floor of the hotel were evacuated during all of this.

Urbana Police, the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and U of I police were all on scene. This is still under investigation.

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