DeKALB – Three local police officers were on paid administrative leave Wednesday after a Tuesday incident in which a DeKalb officer fatally shot a Malta man in the neck.
DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller said Wednesday that Cameron D. Lupton, 28, had no visible injuries besides the gunshot wound. A bullet entered the right side of Lupton’s neck and came to rest in his left lung, Miller said. Toxicology test results will not be available for a couple of weeks.
DeKalb police Chief Gene Lowery said police shot Lupton about noon Tuesday when they found him attacking his father and stepmother with a knife, and that all indications are that the use of force was justified.
Lupton, who lived on the 100 block of South Third Street in Malta, was a 2004 graduate of DeKalb High School and, according to his Facebook profile, had served in the U.S. Army. A Lupton family member declined to be interviewed Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Illinois State Police spokesman Sgt. Jose DeJesus could not estimate how long the investigation into Tuesday’s incident would take.
“There is no way to say how long this will take,” DeJesus said. “But I can tell you it will be investigated thoroughly.”
Both Northern Illinois University and DeKalb police went to a home on the 1000 block of Quail Run in DeKalb after dispatchers overheard a disturbance there while talking with Charlotte Lupton, 67, about a well-being check she had requested for a nearby home.
Charlotte Lupton and her husband, Carl Lupton, 57, were taken to Kishwaukee Hospital for multiple stab wounds. A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday that the Luptons requested she not release an update on their medical status.
Meanwhile, an NIU police officer and two DeKalb police officers who were in the home at the time of the shooting are on paid leave. Lowery reiterated his backing of the officers’ actions Wednesday.
“In the preliminary investigation there is no indication this is anything other than a justifiable use of force,” Lowery said.
NIU police Chief Tom Phillips said the NIU officer entered the home with DeKalb officers after responding to the radio call. The NIU officer was in a hallway outside of the room where the knife attack and subsequent shooting occurred.
Phillips said it is standard procedure for an officer to be placed on administrative leave in cases where an officer uses deadly force.
Another NIU officer on the scene administered first aid to one of the victims, but was not at the scene at the time of the shooting, Phillips said.
The two DeKalb officers on leave could be reinstated before the state police finish their independent investigation, Lowery said, although he could not say when.
Once the state police investigation is complete, the report will be handed over to the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office for review, DeJesus said.