Carbondale officer released from hospital; department warns of bogus donation efforts

CARBONDALE — Authorities are now identifying the Carbondale police officer shot during a vehicle pursuit late Sunday night as 26-year-old Trey Harris.

Carbondale PDThe Carbondale Police Department said in a Tuesday afternoon statement that Harris has been employed with the department for three years and three months. They said he has been released from the St. Louis area hospital, but will require further medical treatment for the injuries he sustained in the shooting.

The department also noted that according to Harris’ family, there are no official or authorized fundraising accounts or efforts established online or otherwise.

Based upon the number of inquiries received by the department, and in consultation with the family; however, the department asks that at this time that anyone wishing to donate monetarily to Officer Harris bring those donations to the Carbondale Public Safety Building, with checks payable to “CPD Injured Officers Fund”.

Donations may also be mailed to the address listed below. The Department will hold those funds in escrow and the funds, in their entirety will be provided directly to Officer Harris or to an official fundraising account if/when one is established.

As of 08-02-2016 at 4:00 p.m., there is no additional investigatory information the Police Department is able to release regarding the investigation of this incident.

To donate to Officer Harris, please make checks or money orders payable to the:

City of Carbondale Police Department

“CPD Injured Officers Fund”

501 South Washington Street

Carbondale, Illinois 62901