UPDATE: Coroner releases Decatur shooting suspect’s name, cause of death

Update at 4 p.m. on March 19

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WCIA) — Preliminary results from an autopsy performed on Tuesday indicated that Rocky Dupin died from gunshot trauma to his torso and limbs, the Macon County Coroner said.

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The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.


Update at 8:47 a.m. on March 19

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The Macon County Coroner, Michael Day, has released the name of the man who died in Monday’s officer-involved shooting incident near the intersection of West Grand Avenue and North Monroe Street in Decatur.

Rocky L. Dupin, age 38 of Decatur, was pronounced dead on March 18, 2024, at 5:44 p.m. He died in the operating room at Decatur Memorial Hospital. The corner confirmed that Dupin was brought to the hospital by ambulance and died after involved medical interventions were unsuccessful.

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An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning at the McLean County Coroner’s morgue in Bloomington, Ill. Day added that he hoped the autopsy would provide additional information concerning the shooting, and that preliminary autopsy results will be released at an appropriate time.

An inquest is pending. No further information is available at this time from the Coroner.

The Illinois State Police have also released a statement, outlining the details of their investigation. State police said the Decatur Police Department requested the assistance of the Illinois State Police regarding an officer involved shooting on March 18, 2024. In accordance with the Police and Community Relations Improvement Act (50 ILCS 727), ISP Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) – Zone 5 will be the lead investigating agency on the use of force portion of this incident.

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ISP will turn all reports over upon completion of the investigation, to the Macon County State’s Attorney’s office for an independent review of the facts.

To protect the integrity of the investigation, ISP will not be providing any further information at this time.


Update at 7:30 p.m.

DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Decatur Police have confirmed that the suspect is dead after a shooting involving two officers on Monday.

Police Chief Shane Brandel confirmed the death at a press conference Monday night. He said the suspect was a 38-year-old man who has had past run-ins with the Decatur Police Department. The Macon County Coroner will release the suspect’s identity at a later time.

The suspect is believed to have been responsible for an armed robbery at the Decatur Discount store around 2:15 p.m. No one was hurt and Brandel said clear video showed the suspect wearing “unique” clothing.

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Decatur Police officers were provided a photo of the suspect and just before 4 p.m., Brandel said two officers on patrol saw a man matching the suspect’s description at West Grand Avenue and North Monroe Street. He was walking with a Black man and a White woman.

Brandel said the officers pulled up in their vehicle, then got out and ordered the suspect at gunpoint onto the ground. The suspect initially followed their instructions, but then stood up and pulled what appeared to be a gun out of his coat. The officers opened fire, ultimately killing the suspect.

The two people seen with the suspect have yet to be located. The intersection of West Grand Avenue and North Monroe Street will remain closed for several more hours.

The two Decatur officers have been with the department for about two years, Brandel said. Both have been placed on administrative duties, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.

There is no danger to the community, Brandel added. Anyone with more information on this incident should contact the Decatur Police Department or Macon County Crime Stoppers.


DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — The Decatur Police Department and Illinois State Police are investigating after two Decatur officers were involved in a shooting Monday afternoon.

The shooting happened in the area of West Grand Avenue and North Monroe Street at 3:50 p.m. DPD officials said officers stopped three people, one of whom matched the description of an armed robbery suspect that happened prior to the stop.

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The suspect, a White male is his early 30s or early 40s, is said to have disobeyed the officers’ commands and then pulled a gun out of his coat. Two officers then fired their weapons, hitting the suspect. Neither officer was hurt, and the incident was recorded on their body cameras, officials added.

The suspect who was shot was taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, officials said, and identification is still pending. The other two people with the suspect fled the scene and officers are still looking for them.

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Police do not believe there is an active threat to the community, but they did ask that people stay away from the scene of the shooting as it is an active investigation scene.

Per standard protocol and in accordance with Illinois state law, the Illinois State Police were contacted to handle the investigation.

Officials said more information will be released at a later time.

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