DANVILLE- One person has died after a car chase and shootout with Danville Police.
Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said that Scott C. Islam, 33 of Danville, was identified as the person who sustained gunshot injuries in the incident. Islam was pronounced dead in Urbana at about 1:10 PM Wednesday by the Champaign County Coroner. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
Two others were arrested by Illinois State Police Investigators on preliminary charges of Aggravated Discharge of a Weapon, Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and Aggravated Possession of a Stolen Firearm.
Charles Twigg, age 29, and Gaylen L. Thomas, age 27, are being held at the Public Safety Building in Danville.
Danville police became involved in an early morning chase of a vehicle occupied by Islam, Twigg and Thomas after investigating shots fired call at about 2:40 AM in the area of Harmon and Woodbury, according to Thomason. The chase ended with the suspect vehicle crashing at Logan and Kimber and shots being exchanged between police and the occupants of the car.
"At the crash scene the vehicle struck a gas meter and residential building. Gas vapors were escaping and a small fire occurred in the engine compartment of the car. Police were able to extinguish the fire with dry chemical extinguishers. Danville Fire was called to the scene who alerted Ameren to disconnect gas flow. Fire personnel checked the small apartment complex for residents and monitored air levels," Thomason said. "There were no injuries to the police officers."
According to Thomason he has given the officers involved time away from the job to rest after being involved in the incident.
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