This morning tragic news of a young women falling or being pushed from a moving vehicle on Cook Street in Springfield, Illinois has a community and family mourning her death.
Several individuals are offering their prayers and condolences for the family and friends of Shiek Sheik Shapirio (facebook name). Update – Real name Nishiekah H. Shephard, age 24.
According to news media reports, authorities are investigating her death as a homicide, but are not ruling out the possibility of a suicide. Police say once she fell or was pushed from the moving vehicle, the vehicle didn’t stop. At this time, police is asking the community for assistance in identifying the car and other information about her death.
If you have any information about her death, you can contact crime stoppers at 217-788-8427.
Update – Police are now talking to who they believe was the driver of the vehicle.
Autopsy is to be performed on Tuesday.
Update on 10/14:
Earlier reports indicated that the driver of the vehicle did not stop, but new updates indicate the driver did stop.
Police are looking into the possibility that Mrs. Shephard jumped from the car during an argument.
This is one of the Facebook posts posted which St. John’s hospital is saying is false:
Two City of Springfield Police Officers were sued today in Federal Court by Samuel Johnson.
Officers Jeffrey Coker and Andrew Barnes are accused of false arrest, unreasonable seizure, Failure to intervene, and Malicious Prosecution of Mr. Johnson.
The lawsuit was filed by Louis Meyer of Meyer and Kiss Law Firm in Chicago, Illinois.
Samuel “Two-Fifty” Johnson was pulled over on November 4, 2013 by Springfield Police Officers Jeffrey Coker and Andrew Barnes -Officers who have worked with the Springfield Police Department Street Crimes Unit. According to the Police report, Johnson was pulled over for failing to signal for 100 feet before the vehicle switched lanes from the right lane to the left lane.
The report goes on to state that Officer Coker made contact with Johnson, and Johnson immediately began challenging the probable cause of the traffic stop. In the midst of that traffic stop, Johnson confirmed to WICS News Channel 20 that he was indeed recording Officer Coker and was threatened to be arrested (Click here to see WICS News Channel 20′s Story). After the citation was written, Officer Coker asked Johnson to step out of the vehicle so the citation could be issued and to allow a Springfield Police K9 dog to perform a free air sniff. The police report goes on to state that Officer Coker explained that he could order Mr. Johnson out of the vehicle and Mr. Johnson had to comply with the order or be arrested. Mr. Johnson was asked by Officer Coker if he was refusing to exit the vehicle and Johnson stated, “YES.” Mr. Johnson was then placed under arrest for resisting a peace officer.
On July 30, 2014 all charges were dismissed against Mr. Johnson.
Johnson is requesting a jury trial for his civil lawsuit against the Springfield Police Officers.
Brian A. Woodson
Edward V. Wilcox
Springfield Police Detectives have been working on solving the murder of Deandre Atkinson. Atkinson was fatally shot on September 25th, 2014 in the 2400 block of Ladley. Another male individual, Robert L. Giles, was injured with non-life threatening injuries.
Detectives say they have made two arrests for Obstructing Justice in the murder of Atkinson.
Brian A. Woodson, age 21, of Chicago Illinois, was arrested and charged for Obstructing Justice. Detectives say Woodson repeatedly provided a false name of Juwan Anthony. Detectives were able to find out Woodson’s identity through a source who is assisting police in the murder case. In addition, Woodson is being held in Sangamon County on a Parole Hold. Woodson’s bond is $500.
Edward V. Wilcox, age 21, of Chicago Illinois, was arrested and charged for Obstructing Justice. Detectives say Wilcox was in the car with Atkinson when he (Atkinson) was murdered. During the interview of Wilcox, Detectives say Wilcox lied about being at the scene of the murder. In addition to lying about being at the scene, Wilcox also provided Detectives with a false name of someone else who was at the scene of the murder. Springfield Police Detectives say Wilcox finally admitted that he was a witness and also admitted that he was lying about his friends name. Wilcox posted a $1000 bond and was released from Jail.
At this time, no one has been arrested for the murder of Atkinson but Springfield Police Detectives are still investigating the case.
Woodson and Wilcox have both been charged with Obstructing Justice, a class 4 felony. Both are expected back in Sangamon County Court on October 9th, 2014 for a Preliminary Hearing.