A man was shot by a Carbondale Police officer Saturday morning after police witnessed him firing a gun in the direction of a large crowd of people near Curbside, 227 W. Main St., according to the Carbondale Police Department.
At about 2:13 a.m., an officer was performing business check throughout the downtown as part of routine patrols when the officer heard what was believed to be gunshots near Curbside.
Upon arrival, the officer witnessed a black male firing a gun in the direction of a group of people. According to police, in response to the active shooter, and to protect the public from possible injury, the officer engaged the suspect, firing his service weapon and wounding the person with the firearm.
While waiting for an ambulance, officers performed life-saving medical procedures on the suspect. The suspect was flown to a St. Louis hospital to receive emergency medical treatment. Police have not released the identity of the suspect as of Saturday morning.
Police have not relayed any information about charges or potential arrests.
Because this was a officer-involved incident and in according with department policies, the Illinois State Police have been contacted and are leading the investigation. Police say more information will be released as the case develops.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police at 618-457-3200, Illinois State Police Zone 7 at 618-542-2171 or Crime Stoppers at 618-549-2677.