VIDEO: Decatur police officer shot during foot pursuit; suspect charged

***WARNING: Police body camera video contains the sound of a gunshot and the victim’s reaction.

DECATUR, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police in downstate Decatur have released body-camera video of a shooting last week that wounded a police officer.

According to Decatur Police Officer, Stephanie Vail had attempted to pull over a car around 2:30 a.m. for a number of traffic violations, when the driver of the vehicle, stopped the car, got out, and ran.

Officer Vail then gets out of her squad car to pursue the suspect.

"Decatur Police, stop! Ahh!...Shots fired, shots fired! Still running northbound...I was hit with something...I'm bleeding," Officer Vail said over her radio.

Vail was hit in the shoulder and face with bullet fragments.

She continued relaying information to other officers about the suspect’s location.

"Black male, wearing all black. Black hoodie...get my an ambulance" Office Vail said over her radio, sounding out of breath.

Police Chief Shane Brandel told CBS 3 in Champaign, it could have been a lot worse.

"It was a gun converted to a fully auto with a large capacity magazine. The gun jammed after the first round," Chief Brandel said.

"Had that not happened, we might be having a very different conversation."

The suspect was caught and arrested. He was identified as 23-year-old Joseph L. V. Williams, a convicted felon.

Williams’ faces charges that include attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a machine gun. He faces 45 years to life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge.

In court, he told the judge he’d be representing himself, and made an obscene gesture toward a camera.