HIGHLAND (AP) - Authorities say a man found dead during a southern Illinois house fire had been shot in the head, and that a gun was found in his ex-wife's SUV after the vehicle plunged into a lake.
The Madison County coroner released preliminary autopsy results Friday for 37-year-old Justin Campbell. Firefighters found his body after responding to the blaze Thursday at a house in Glen Carbon where he lived with his ex-wife, 32-year-old Cristy Campbell.
The fire was reported about 15 minutes before her SUV was seen driving into Silver Lake in Highland, about 16 miles away. The Campbells' infant son was rescued from the submerged SUV by a paramedic, and six other children survived the house fire.
Christy Campbell's body was found hours later in the lake.
Coroner Steve Nonn says a gun was found in the SUV. But he says testing can't be done to determine whether the gun was used to shoot Justin Campbell because the bullet that struck him hasn't been found.
Meanwhile, the paramedic who swam into Silver Lake to save a baby says he briefly questioned his decision to jump into the frigid water, but is glad he did.
Paramedic Todd Zobrist spoke at a news conference on Friday, a day after saving 3-month-old Julian Campbell.
Zobrist says he swam about 75 feet and thought a doll was floating inside the SUV, but realized he was holding a baby when he reached inside the vehicle. Zobrist performed CPR on the roof of the SUV, then swam the infant to shore. The baby is expected to survive.