Shooting During Police Traffic Stop Under Investigation
By Jim Meadows
The investigation continues into an overnight shooting incident in Champaign, in which a 20-year-old man was shot with his own gun during a traffic stop at the corner of N. 6th Street and Bradley Avenue.
The incident occurred around 1:20 AM on Wednesday morning. Champaign Police say that the initial report from a multi-jurisdictional team refers to quad car video showing that the man took a gun out of his pants as he got out of his vehicle and put it to his head. A police officer standing next to the man "reacted", and in the scuffle that followed, the gun went off, striking the driver with a single round.
The man was sent to a hospital, but his current condition is unknown.. The officer, who was also hurt, was treated at a hospital and released. A male passenger who was with the man did not report any inuries. He was interviewed by police and released.
Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb requested the investigation of the incident by the multi-jurisdictional team, led by Illinois State Police. That team isasking for the public's patience as they continue their investigation. They promise updates as more information becomes available.
According to Champaign Police, Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz is monitoring the investigation, and reviewing the case from a criminal aspect. But she is also considering any mental health issues that may be involved.