EAST ST. LOUIS • A driver pulled over for what was described as a routine traffic stop in East St. Louis was shot around midnight Friday by a St. Clair County sheriff's deputy, the department said Saturday.
The driver of the vehicle stopped on a parking lot at 18th Street and Ridge Avenue. The driver, a 42-year-old male, was transported to a St. Louis area hospital with serious injuries.
Trooper Joshua Korando, a spokesman for Illinois State Police's District 11, said in an email that the driver is expected to survive.
ISP is investigating the shooting at the request of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department.
Neither the driver nor the deputy was identified Saturday. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department said it will not identify the deputy.
Korando's email said a sheriff's deputy tried to stop a vehicle near 27th Street and Missouri Avenue for a traffic violation. During a short chase, a tire on the fleeing car blew, causing it to stop near Ridge and 18th.
"The deputy reportedly shot the driver as he attempted to flee on foot from the traffic stop and in the process of fleeing placed the deputy in fear for his life," the email said.
The deputy, described as a seven-year police officer who has been with the sheriff's department for two years, has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation.
The sheriff's department said it is aware of a video of the shooting that has been posted on Facebook (WARNING: graphic content in video), but had no further comment.
The video shows a man get out of the vehicle after police order him to come out with his hands visible. The man then begins to run from the car, apparently drops something and is shot as he tries to pick up whatever he dropped. Five gunshots can be heard on the video.