Updated: Driver wounded with own gun in traffic stop

Updated: Driver wounded with own gun in traffic stop

CHAMPAIGN — The condition of a 20-year-old Champaign man who was shot as a Champaign police officer apparently tried to keep him from shooting himself is not known.

A release from the Champaign police department said at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, an officer initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Sixth Street and Bradley Avenue.

A review of the squad car video revealed that the officer asked the man to step away from his vehicle and as he was getting out, he was seen removing a gun from his pants and putting the muzzle to his own head.

"The officer, who was standing next to the driver, reacted to the gun being displayed. A physical scuffle ensued and the weapon discharged a single round and struck the driver. Both the officer and driver were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the incident. The officer was treated and released. The condition of the driver has not been made available to the department and, therefore, will not be released. A male passenger did not report any injuries. He was interviewed and released," the release said.

"This was a traumatic situation for both the officer and driver and could have resulted in more people being harmed. My prayers are with the officer and the injured driver," Chief Anthony Cobb said in the release.

The release said State's Attorney Julia Rietz has been told what happened and is reviewing the case for possible criminal charges "as well as considering any mental health issues that may be involved."

Cobb asked that a multijurisdictional investigative team led by Illinois State Police look into the shooting.

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