UPDATE: Police identify man who died after standoff

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RANTOUL - The Champaign County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of a man who died after being shot during a standoff in Rantoul on August 4.

Authorities say Darius Graves, 31, died after an hours-long standoff at the Days Inn hotel in the 800 block of West Champaign Avenue.  Police say Graves was allegedly captured on surveillance footage at a Hardee's restaurant holding an employee at gun-point and demanding cash.  Police also say two anonymous tips led police to the Days Inn hotel room.

Authorities say Graves barricaded himself in his hotel room, made threats to police, and appeared to be armed.  After negotiating efforts failed, officers deployed gas into the room in an attempt to get Graves to surrender.  However, at about 10:40 p.m., authorities say Graves exited his hotel room holding what appeared to be a gun, and ran toward police and the stairwell.  Champaign Police Sergeant Colby Oleson fired his gun one time, striking Graves.  Police say multiple "less-lethal" rounds were also fired, for the purpose of safely taking Graves into custody.

Paramedics and officers immediately provided medical treatment, and transported Graves to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:43 p.m.  Champaign police say Oleson has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal review of the shooting, as is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings.

This incident is being investigated by the Illinois State Police and Champaign County multi-jurisdictional investigative team.  We will provide more updates as they become available.

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