DANVILLE — The Vermilion County State’s Attorney continues to await investigation results from a shooting incident involving a county sheriff’s deputy.
State’s Attorney Randy Brinegar received an email from the Illinois State Police Zone 5 investigation on Dec. 11 indicating the reports from the Nov. 21 incident would arrive in mid-December. Thus far, he said none of the reports have arrived.
According to state police, the shooting incident took place after the deputy was called at 4:13 a.m. on Nov. 21 to 2530 Georgetown Road to handle a report of a domestic disturbance. While at the call, state police indicate the deputy encountered 20-year-old Caleb Emory of Danville. Court records from as recently as July list Emory as living at that address.
During what state police called “attempted enforcement action,” Emory was shot by the deputy. No other information, including the identity of the deputy, has been released. Emory was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana with non-life threatening injuries as a result of the shooting and release days later.
Once the state police investigation reports have arrived, it’s unknown how long it will take to determine the next course of action in the case. It is up to Brinegar to determine whether to file charges in the case against the deputy.
“When I get it, I can’t say how long it will take me to go through it. I don’t know how many pages and the volume of what I’m getting,” Brinegar said.
Brinegar also noted in previous shooting incidents he has asked follow-up questions on specific details after going through the original reports.
“After going through it thoroughly, I will make my decision,” he said.
Charges have already been filed against Emory, who was charged in Vermilion County Circuit Court on counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated assault and assault.
Brinegar has said previously the aggravated discharge count is in connection with a report of Emory firing a weapon around 2:30 a.m. that same morning at a home in the 100 block of Arlington Road.
The aggravated assault charge is in reference to actions that took place at 2530 Georgetown Road prior to the sheriff’s deputy arriving on scene. The charge directly relates to the assault of a person over the age of 60, but Brinegar has not released the connection between Emory and the victim.
Emory appeared in court earlier this month where he entered a not guilty plea. He remains incarcerated at the Public Safety Building jail on $100,000 bond. A hearing on a bond reduction motion is scheduled for Jan. 9.
The charge is a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The other charges are both misdemeanors, with aggravated assault punishable by up to a year in state prison and assault punishable by up to 30 days.
This is the third instance of a sheriff’s department shooting in the last five years, the prior two being fatal incidents. Both officers involved in those incidents were found to have followed proper procedures.