Deadly Force "Legally Appropriate"


Rantoul – The shooting death by police of a robbery suspect is being called “legally appropriate” by the Champaign County State’s Attorney.

31 year old Darius Graves barricaded himself in a Days Inn motel room for 6 hours on Tuesday as police negotiators tried to get him to come out.  After a swat team used gas Graves opened the door to his room but refused to comply with police orders.  When he tried to flee it appeared he was holding a weapon.  He was shot one time by Champaign Police Sergeant Colby Oleson.  Graves died later at a hospital.  Later it turned out the item being held by Graves was a pipe used in plumbing. 

“Sergeant Oleson’s use of deadly force was legally appropriate pursuant to Illinois law and constitutional law,” State’s Attorney Julia Rietz told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.

Police went to the Days Inn as part of an investigation of a Sunday armed robbery at a fast food restaurant in Rantoul.  Surveillance pictures reviewed by WAND News show Graves holding a gun during that robbery.

When police went to the motel they were met with threats from Graves, including saying he was armed and would kill the officers according to Rantoul Police Chief Paul Farber.

The investigation continues. 

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