Champaign, IL – One of two Champaign police officers who were shot while responding to a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning has succumbed to his wounds, according to his department.
Champaign Police Department (CPD) Chief Anthony Cobb issued a statement confirming that 44-year-old CPD Officer Chris Oberheim has died as a result of the line-of-duty attack, WICS reported.
“Officer Oberheim was struck by gunfire while responding to a domestic disturbance,” Chief Cobb said. “His only intention was to serve, protect and help provide care before he was senselessly fired upon and killed.”
The incident occurred shortly before 3:30 a.m. on May 19 after police received a report of a domestic disturbance in the 2400-block of North Neil Street, WAND reported.
The officers exchanged gunfire with a suspect shortly thereafter, police said.
The gunman was fatally shot and died at the scene, WAND reported.
Police said two officers were struck by gunfire during the gun battle.
They were rushed to a local hospital, where Officer Oberheim succumbed to his wounds.
Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim was just 44 years old when he was fatally shot by a suspect this morning. pic.twitter.com/pxHaKcmlNu
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The second officer is listed in stable condition, WAND reported.
Officer Oberheim served with the Decatur Police Department prior to joining the CPD in September of 2008, Chief Cobb said.
“A true professional and devoted public servant, Officer Oberheim is remembered for his heroism, bravery, and the oath of office he honorably upheld in his commitment to duty,” the chief’s statement read, according to WICS.
“The Champaign Police Department, and the entire City of Champaign organization, expresses its deepest condolences to Officer Oberheim’s family, friends and loved ones,” he wrote. “I also want to express my care and support for all members of the Champaign Police Department who are mourning the passing of their friend and colleague.”
Chief Cobb asked for the community give Officer Oberheim’s family and the CPD and their families privacy during this difficult time.
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