Urbana, IL – A jaw-dropping $2 million bond has been set for a man in connection with a shootout that erupted outside a funeral in Urbana, Illinois.
According to police reports the incident unfolded Friday in Urbana’s 1400 block of Dublin St., during a funeral service. Tensions escalated, spilling onto the streets, and culminating in gunshots aimed at a fleeing individual. Astonishingly, the intended victim escaped unscathed, while bullets struck a nearby residence on E. Columbia Ave., miraculously causing no injuries.
The ensuing investigation led authorities to identify the alleged shooter, 29-year-old Champaign resident Linnell Blount. Consequently, a warrant was swiftly issued for Blount’s arrest, accompanied by an unprecedented $2 million bond.
Early Monday morning, Blount was spotted by an observant Champaign County Court Security Officer during an unrelated status hearing. Urbana Police, Champaign County Sheriff’s Deputies, and a U.S. Marshal from the Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force apprehended Blount without incident, subsequently transporting him to the Champaign County Satellite Jail.
Urbana Police are urging anyone with additional information or video footage to come forward at 217-384-2320.