Champaign Police Officer Killed, Procession Held

Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim, 44, was shot and killed at around 3:20 a.m. last Wednesday morning while responding to a domestic dispute in the 3200 block of North Neil Street. Oberheim and fellow officer Jeffrey Creel were shot while walking from their patrol cars when an individual, presumably involved in the disturbance, opened fire. Creel was shot three times and wounded but able to return fire and kill the shooter. He is currently in recovery. Police say the shooter's name was Darion Lafeyette.

Oberheim's funeral will be held today at the Maranatha Assembly of God Church; it is only open to family, friends, invited guests, and first responders. Following the service, a law enforcement procession will leave the Maranatha Assembly of God Church at about 1:30 p.m.

"This is something that we do in order to make sure our communities are safe and some of us pay the ultimate sacrifice, and unfortunately it was Chris," Macon County Sheriff Antonio Brown said. "It's going to be rough for all of us, but that being said, we still put on our uniform, we still put on the badge in order to go make sure our communities are safe."

Several local organizations walked in solidarity to honor Officer Oberheim, including the Champaign Police, Monticello High School Softball Team, and the club softball team the officer helped coach.

Oberheim served the Champaign Police Department for 13 years and had served the Decatur Police Department for seven. He is survived by his wife and children.

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