Police: No charges against officer who fired gun on duty

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Officer Edward Sebestik Officer Edward Sebestik

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – A Champaign police officer is back at work after firing his weapon on duty.

On Oct. 28, Officer Edward Sebestik and other officers went to the 1300 block of Hanover Drive in response to an assault and robbery report. After talking with a 19-year-old female victim, police say they went to a house in the area where they believed at least one robbery suspect was staying.

Police say Sebestik knocked on the door before Nathan Smalls, 23, answered. Officers say Sebestik could see Smalls had a grip on a handgun in the waistband of his pants. Sebestik ordered Smalls to raise his hands and fired his duty weapon when the suspect refused.

Officers say they ordered everyone in the house to come out. Smalls needed hospital treatment for a pre-existing condition, but nobody ended up hurt from gunshots. Police say they arrested Smalls and 21-year-old Chase Chenoweth after serving a search warrant on the house. Smalls faces an aggravated unlawful use of a weapon charge, while Chenoweth is accused of unlawful possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

The Champaign Police Department placed Sebestik on leave as Champaign County leaders investigated the fired shot. State’s Attorney Julia Rietz decided not to press charges against Sebestik.

He returned to police duty on Nov. 7. Police say the investigation is still active as of Thursday.

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