Multiple agencies investigate officer-involved shooting

Published 08/14 2013 10:05AM

Updated 08/15 2013 10:50AM

Latest: 6:17 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- A traffic stop early Wednesday morning ended with two people taken to the hospital. One was the driver, the other was the officer who pulled him over.

Just one shot was fired, but investigators say there was also a physical fight between the two men. It happened about 1:20 am near North Sixth Street and Bradley Avenue. WCIA-3's Anna Carerra has more.

Neighbors thought it was just another routine stop until they heard the gunshot. Then, they saw police unravel yellow crime scene tape around their homes and cars.

"It was just tied around my tree, went across over there and down that way and then around."

"I saw him laying right there and I heard him just asking for help."

One woman says she's seen a lot of violence in the area, but said what she saw this morning was a "scary sight."

"I didn't know where he got shot. I knew it had to be him because I saw him laying down there in that blood."

Investigators say a police officer pulled over a 20-year old man. After he got out of his car, the driver reportedly pulled a gun and pointed it at his own head.

"The next thing I know, I peeked out the window and I heard a gunshot, so I immediately got out of the window."

Authorities say the men got into a physical altercation as the officer tried to take the gun from the driver. That's when the driver was hit by a bullet. Investigators haven't said how the officer got hurt, but say he's out of the hospital.

"There's work that still needs to be done by the team. They're actively working right now as we're speaking."

While that team works, neighbors are left with questions and wondering how they can stop something like this form happening again.

"You know, you got your loud cars. That's everywhere. That's on every neighborhood. It's not just in this area or another certain area."

"There's just too much going on and it's going on all over town. Something's got to happen and it's got to stop."

Police say the officer originally pulled the driver over because he "rolled a stop sign." But, there were also indications the driver may have been drinking.

Investigators say the driver is alive, but his condition is unknown. State police are leading the investigative team for the case. Officers are working with the state's attorney to decide whether charges will need to be filed.

Chief Cobb says his officer reacted to defend himself, but the department will still look into whether the situation was dealt with appropriately. The officer involved is on paid administrative leave.
Update: 11:33 am
CHAMPAIGN -- Preliminary investigation results show the driver pulled over before an officer-involved shooting may have been trying to commit suicide when he drew his weapon. It happened about 1:20 am Wednesday near Sixth Street and Bradley Avenue.

Authorities say video taken from the officers' squad car shows the 20-year old man step away from his vehicle. While exiting, he was seen taking a gun from his pants and placing it to his head.

The officer closest to the driver reacted to seeing the gun which led to a physical scuffle and the weapon being fired. A single round struck the driver.

Both he and the officer were taken to the hospital. The officer was treated and released. The driver's identity and condition are not known at this time.

A male passenger in the vehicle was not hurt. Police say he was interviewed and released.

Authorities continue investigating the incident and are reviewing any criminal or mental health issues which may be involved.
Original: 10:05 am
CHAMPAIGN -- Multiple agencies, including Illinois State Police, are investigating an officer-involved shooting. It happened about 1:30 am Wednesday near North Sixth Street and East Bradley Avenue.

Authorities say officers initiated a traffic stop when the driver pulled out a gun. Investigators say there was a struggle and the gun fired, hitting the driver.

The officer and driver were both taken to the hospital for injuries. No word on either's condition.

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