Champaign officer fires gun at fleeing vehicle's wheel; man arrested
CHAMPAIGN — While responding to a report of a domestic dispute, a Champaign police officer fired his gun at a car’s tire Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured by the gunfire, and one man was arrested for home invasion.
According to a press release from the Champaign Police Department on Tuesday night, an officer was called at 4:14 p.m. to the 200 block of West Columbia Street to respond to a domestic disturbance.
A man was breaking a window and attempting to pull a woman from a second-floor window, police said. During the incident, another man attempted to defend the woman.
When the officer arrived, he encountered two men in an alley, one of whom was using a crowbar to break a vehicle window. Both men fled in the vehicle.
According to a witness, the driver aggressively backed the vehicle toward the officer.
“Preliminary information indicates that the officer, who was standing near the fleeing vehicle, fired his duty weapon at one of the tires,” the press release said.
The vehicle drove off and was later found near Prospect Avenue and Washington Street, having “caused damage to a fire hydrant,” police said.
At 4:41 p.m., the men in the vehicle were found in the 800 block of Church Street. One of the men was later released without charges.
But the second man, Michael Glover, 45, of Charleston, was arrested for home invasion and taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana to be treated for minor injuries. He was in the Champaign County Jail on Wednesday morning.
The female victim refused medical attention.
The Champaign Police Department said it is investigating this incident.