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Sangamon County Sheriff’s officers were called to the 2800 block of S. Hoover Avenue in Springfield early Saturday morning, July 6, for a 911 call reporting a burglar.

Later, 36-year-old Sonya Massey was shot by a police officer. She died at St. John’s Hospital. Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon said only that a preliminary autopsy showed that she died from a gunshot wound.

That’s all that is known about the case. Massey lived in the area and was reportedly shot in her home.

The sheriff’s department has not released any further details. The Illinois State Police have taken over the investigation.

On Wednesday, ISP issued a statement saying it was working closely with the Sangamon County District Attorney’s Office to conduct “a timely, comprehensive and transparent investigation.”

“To protect the integrity of the legal process and the right to a fair trial in the event of charges being brought, the body-worn camera video and other information related to the incident will not be released at this time,” it said.

ISP added that additional information, including the video, will be shared with Massey’s family if needed.

Sonya Massey

Massey’s obituary said she was a devoted mother. “She loved doing hair and spending time with her family. Sonya retired from J& J Gaming in Springfield.”

Her funeral will be held Friday at Ruby Funeral Services, 1520 E. Washington St., Springfield. Viewing will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., followed by a service.

A protest is planned for 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 regarding our lack of public comment on the recent deputy-involved shooting.

The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release within hours of the incident stating that they had contracted with the Illinois State Police to conduct an independent investigation into the deputy-involved shooting and that all inquiries should be directed to them.

At this point, it is imperative for the SCSO to protect the integrity of the investigation by awaiting the ISP’s decision. I normally respond to inquiries and provide public statements on significant events. And as an elected official, that is always my instinct. In this case, it would not be appropriate. I ask the public and the media for patience while we seek the facts surrounding this tragic event.

Sheriff Jack Campbell