According to the News Gazette, Authorities say a review of the fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect at a Rantoul motel Tuesday reveals that the officer who fired was following orders and protecting the lives of fellow officers.
“Sgt. (Colby) Oleson’s actions were part of an organized, managed response to Graves’ actions, and at this time ... I am comfortable giving a preliminary opinion that Sgt. Oleson’s use of deadly force was legally appropriate,” said Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Julia Rietz.
Rietz was one of several speakers at a news conference Thursday morning at the Champaign Police Department orchestrated to bring a quick resolution in the court of public opinion to the appropriateness of what happened to Darius Graves, 31, at the Days Inn Motel in Rantoul.
“We offer condolences to the family of Darius Graves as the loss of any life is tragic,” Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb said in his opening remarks to a room filled with reporters, police administrators, Champaign city administrators and curious police department employees.