How to donate to Carbondale police officer shot on Sunday

Published: Aug. 3, 2016 at 12:15 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2016 at 12:20 AM CDT
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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - More than 50 investigators remain involved in the search for a suspect after a Carbondale Police officer was shot during a Sunday night police chase.

Chief Jeff Grubbs said the department is providing assistance where appropriate to victim Trey Harris and his family, but the main focus for officers is the investigation and search for those responsible.

At least two suspects remain at large.

Harris was released from a St. Louis hospital on Tuesday to continue recovery at home.

A community responds

On Monday, the Goforth family of Carbondale spent a few hundred dollars to feed investigators and vowed to keep the police department stocked for as long as 10 days.

"There have been so many people wanting to help us, we're having to coordinate a schedule for donations such as food," Grubbs said on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Stan Reno said there have also been a number of monetary donations, but a figure hasn't been added up.

Funneling Funds

A GoFundme account originally set up for Harris by friend Brandon Anderson is being shut down.

Anderson set up the account immediately after learning of the incident and managed to raise nearly $7,000.

In a press conference on Monday, Chief Grubbs said he wanted to form a centralized donation system to avoid false accounts.

Anderson said the statements called Anderson's account's legitimacy into question.

"I met Trey through work, and the first I heard of this, I wanted to help out however I could," Anderson said over the phone on Tuesday. "All of the money raised will be given to the main effort, to make those funds more easily available to the family."

Grubbs said he is aware of Anderson's account, but that account is being closed so the funds can be directly transferred to a more centralized donation system, and avoid confusion.

How you can help

A press release sent from the department on Tuesday explained Harris' family had not set up an official account and reads as follows:

"Based on the number of inquiries received by the Police Department, and in consultation with the family, we request 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". Funds 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."

Chief Jeff Grubbs also said Tuesday that so many people have contacted the police department with intent to drop off stuff, or food, the police department is formulating a schedule.

Those who want to organize such a donation should call Carbondale Police Sgt. Amber Ronketto at extension 465, or administrative assistant Kim Mathis at extension 423.

The main line for the Carbondale Public Safety Center is 618-457-3200.

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