Illinois State Trooper dies after Friday morning shooting

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of an Illinois State Police trooper in East St. Louis (all times local):

6:59 p.m.

Illinois State Police Trooper Nick Hopkins died from his injuries after being shot Friday morning. He was shot serving a warrant around 5:30 a.m. officials say he died at the hospital at 6:10 p.m.

During a press conference ISP officials stressed how dangerous the job can be and how courageous their men and women in uniform are each day.

Authorities say the 33-year-old trooper was a 10-year veteran of the force. He was shot early Friday while serving a warrant at an East Saint Louis home. Trooper Hopkins was rushed to the hospital; three suspects were taken into custody.

Acting Director Brendan Kelly said Trooper Hopkins will be dearly missed. He leaves behind a wife, three children, three sisters and two brothers.

Kelly added in the history of Illinois State Police, the agency has never lost three troopers in the line of duty in a single year, as it has this year. He said this is the first time in 20 years a SWAT operator was killed, adding ISP SWAT became a full department 20 years ago.

3:30 p.m.

An Illinois State Police trooper is hospitalized in a St. Louis hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries while executing a search warrant.

Authorities say the 33-year-old trooper, who is a 10-year veteran, was wounded early Friday during an exchange of gunfire while serving the warrant at an East St. Louis home. After the shooting, police surrounded the home and arrested two people.

Police didn’t say if anyone else was shot, nor have they revealed the issues addressed in the search warrant.

The trooper, who wasn’t identified, is being treated at St. Louis University Hospital. The extent of the trooper’s injuries hasn’t been disclosed.

In a statement following the shooting, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker noted state troopers display unbelievable courage and “put their lives on the line for us every single day.”


11:54 a.m.

Illinois State Police say a trooper has received life-threatening injuries after being shot while executing a search warrant at a home in East St. Louis.

Police say there was an exchange of gunfire at the home at 5:26 a.m. Friday and the trooper was struck. It says the trooper, who was transported to a hospital, is 33 years old and a 10-year state police veteran.

They released no further information.

TV stations showed a large police presence in the area.

The Bellville News-Democrat reports several suspects were taken into custody but one remained inside the home and police were communicating with him with a bullhorn.


9:07 a.m.

Illinois State Police say a trooper has been shot while executing a search warrant in East St. Louis.

State police reported the shooting on Twitter Friday morning but didn’t immediately disclose the trooper’s condition. TV stations showed a large police presence in the area.

The Bellville News-Democrat reports the trooper was transported to a hospital. It says several suspects have been taken into custody but one suspect remained inside a home and police were communicating with him with a bullhorn.

Terrence Hargrove Sr., who resides with his family about six houses down from where the trooper was shot, told the News-Democrat he heard police detonating stun grenades about 5:30 a.m. When he stepped outside to investigate, he saw his street lined with police vehicles.

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