Jordan Richardson Obituary, Death – An 18-year-old local man was identified as the armed suspect who fled a traffic stop and was later shot and killed by a police officer in central Illinois, the authorities said on Thursday. After being shot by a Rantoul police officer on Wednesday, Jordan A. Richardson, who was a resident of Rantoul, passed away at a hospital from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the findings of the coroner for Champaign County. On Friday, an autopsy was going to be performed.
Richardson was a passenger in a car that was pulled up on Wednesday by police in Rantoul, who discovered cannabis in the car during the course of their investigation. According to the police, Richardson rushed away from the automobile, dropped a gun, and then grabbed it up before continuing to flee.
According to the police, Richardson then dropped to the ground and turned toward an officer while still holding the gun in his hand. This prompted the officer to fire one shot, which hit Richardson, as reported by The (Champaign) News-Gazette. Richardson was subsequently injured.
The officer who fired the shot that killed Richardson has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the fatal shooting that is being conducted by police and the state’s attorney’s office for Champaign County. Chief Tony Brown of the Rantoul Police Department stated that his department is cooperating with a team of law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions who are investigating the matter. That inquiry is being headed up by the Illinois State Police.