SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
A 19 year-old male identified as, Christopher C. Kemble Jr, is the individual whom police encountered when responding to the report of a burglary in progress. Officers began attempts to contain Kemble. Shots were fired by police and Kemble was transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital with a gunshot wound(s). No officers were injured but the involved officers were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. Per police department policy, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. There is an active and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Illinois State Police regarding this officer involved shooting. The St. Charles Police Department is cooperating fully with the Illinois State Police and a department administrative review is also being conducted.
On April 26, 2018, Kemble was air-lifted to a Level I trauma center. He is listed in stable condition. An investigation has shown that Kemble himself placed the call to 9-1-1 alleging that there was an armed intruder in his home. It was determined that there was no burglary or armed intruder that entered the home. Police later learned that Kemble had also communicated with friends that he had a gun and that he intended to kill himself or have police kill him. After consultation with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office, the following charges have been approved against Kemble:
- Disorderly Conduct – False Crime Report (Class 4 Felony) (1 Count)
- Aggravated Assault to Peace Officer (3 counts)
- Reckless Conduct (1 Count)
Police will work to obtain a warrant for Kemble’s arrest upon his release from the hospital.
This is an unfortunate and isolated incident. We are supporting our officers through this difficult time and we sympathize with the Kemble family during this tragic event.
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The charges against Kemble are not proof of guilt. Kemble is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.