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Police say officers shot armed U of Illinois student

CHAMPAIGN – Police say officers shot a University of Illinois student who was spotted near campus with a handgun and refused orders to drop the weapon.

The shooting occurred about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in an area of Champaign known as Campustown. Authorities said the 23-year-old was shot in the leg and his injuries were not life-threatening.

University of Illinois police officers and a Champaign County sheriff’s deputy were called to the area for a report of a white man in his 20s with a medium build who was loading a semiautomatic handgun. Officers found the man, police said, and ordered him to drop the gun. Police said when he didn’t comply, three officers fired at him, striking him in the leg.

Illinois State Police are investigating the incident.

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