Gas station clerk killed in Belleville


BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Belleville police have activated the Major Case Squad to investigate a homicide that happened around 10:40 p.m. Saturday night, January 16.

Belleville police officers were called to a shooting at 420 Carlyle Avenue. When officers arrived they found 51-year-old Douglas W. Cimperman in the parking lot of the business with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers and EMS attempted CPR and life-saving measures, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses describe the suspect as a black male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

The Major Case Squad said they believe the suspect was “attempting to commit an armed robbery at the time of Cimperman’s death.” The suspect is still at large. Major Case Squad investigators are asking residents in the area to check their home surveillance cameras for any “suspicious activity on January 16 between 8:00 p.m. and midnight.”

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information relative to the investigation is asked to contact the Major Case Squad at 618-355-9793 or Crimestoppers.

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