Champaign man arrested for robbery, murder & fleeing from police

Champaign County police chase ends in shooting (Nikki McGee)


The 60-year-old woman has been identified at Betty J. Stover and was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:22 p.m.

Police are investigating her death as a homicide. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, December 30, 2017.


Champaign police are investigating a homicide Friday morning that they said started with a robbery and ended with a police chase and shots fired by police.

Police said it all started just before 2 a.m. Friday morning after a robbery at the Walgreens on West Springfield Avenue in Champaign.

Police later found the suspect's vehicle just before 7 a.m., but police say suspect Richard Stover repeatedly rammed the squad cars that were blocking him and drove off.

A welfare check was done on Stover's relative around 10 a.m. in the 1800 Block of Sangamon. That's where they found a 60-year-old female dead. Champaign police are treating this as a homicide.

Stover's car was then spotted driving near cardinal and rising roads around 10:30.

"A chase ensued between police deputies and the suspect,” Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said. β€œHe ended up in the village of Mahomet. He was ultimately arrested by deputies and Champaign Police. He is in custody right now."

A sheriff's deputy fired his weapon at Stover during the chase, but the Champaign County Sherriff says he was not hit.

The chase ended near Mahomet-Seymour High School around 11. Police say Stover had a knife and was tased after refusing to put it down. He was taken to the hospital and later to jail.

Because an officer discharged his weapon, there will be an outside investigation led by Illinois State Police.


Champaign police confirm they arrested 41-year-old Richard O. Stover of Champaign in connection with a robbery, murder and fleeing from police that took place Friday.


Police in Champaign County are investigating a possible homicide Friday morning.

We're told there was a multijurisdictional police chase through Champaign County this morning where the suspect ended up in Mahomet.

The Champaign County Sheriff tells Fox Illinois that police shot at the suspect, but did not hit him.

That suspect is now in custody.

Champaign Police are investigating a possible homicide. A suspect was developed. Suspect led police on a chase thru the county to the Mahomet area. A CCSO Deputy did shoot at the suspect, but did not hit him. The suspect was captured by deputies and CPD and is in custody now. These matters are being investigated and further information will be given by CPD later today. As is common practice, Sheriff Walsh has asked the multijurisdictional team to investigate the use of force. No police or deputies were injured.
Dan Walsh
Sheriff ~ Champaign County
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