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Illinois State Police investigating Sonya Massey death says body cam footage won't be released at this time

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Sangamon County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 2800 block of S. Hoover Ave. in Springfield early Saturday morning July 6. A 9-1-1 call had reported a prowler.

Later, Sonya Massey, 36, was shot by a deputy. She died at St. John's Hospital. The Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon only said a preliminary autopsy determined she died from a gunshot wound.

That's all that's publicly known regarding the case. Massey lived in the area and was reportedly shot at her home.

The sheriff's department has given no other details. The Illinois State Police have taken over the investigation.

On Wednesday, ISP issued a statement that it is closely collaborating with the Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office to conduct "a timely, comprehensive and transparent investigation."

"In order to protect the integrity of the legal process and the right to a fair trial in the event charges are filed, the body worn camera video and additional information related to the incident are not being released at this time," it said.

ISP added that when appropriate, additional information, including the video, will be shared with Massey's family.

Sonya Massey
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Sonya Massey

Massey's obituary said she was a devoted mother. "She loved to do hair and spend time with her family. Sonya retired from J& J Gaming in Springfield."

Her funeral is set for Friday at Ruby Funeral Services, 1520 E. Washington St., Springfield. Visitation is from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. with the service to follow.

A protest is planned Friday at 9:00 a.m. in front of the County Building on 9th St. Organizers are using the hashtag #StandWithSonya.

Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell issued the following statement Wednesday:

I have received several calls and texts about our lack of public statement regarding the recent Deputy-involved shooting.

The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office put out a news release within hours of the event, stating the Illinois State Police were contacted to conduct an independent investigation into the Deputy-involved shooting portion of the event and any inquiry should be directed to them.

At this point, it is imperative that SCSO protect the integrity of the investigation by waiting for the determination from ISP. My normal procedure is to respond to inquiries and to give public statements in regard to major events. And as an elected official, that is always my instinct. In this case, it would not be appropriate. I’m asking for the public and the media to be patient as we seek the facts surrounding this tragic event.

Sheriff Jack Campbell

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