Champaign's police chief said an officer probably saved the life of a man who pointed a gun to his own head during a routine traffic stop last week on the city's north side.
Chief Anthony Cobb revealed more information Monday on A Penny for Your Thoughts on WDWS about the traffic stop that occurred early last Wednesday at Sixth and Bradley.
Cobb said squad car video shows that the 20 year-old driver pulled a gun and pointed it at his own head while the officer stood less than a foot from the man. In reaction, Cobb said the officer struggled with the man, and the gun fired a single round, striking the driver.
Cobb revealed that the officer involved is veteran Sgt. Geoff Coon. Cobb said it doesn't appear the man intended to hurt the officer, only himself. He said the steps Sgt. Coon took to protect the man and himself probably saved the man's life.