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Illinois trooper dies after being shot in East St. Louis executing warrant

UPDATED 8:49 a.m. SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2019

The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office has announced first-degree murder charges against Chris R. Grant in the shooting of Illinois State Police Trooper Nicholas Hopkins.

In a release Saturday night the state’s attorney’s office alleges that Grant shot Trooper Hopkins with the intent to kill or do great bodily harm, thereby causing Trooper Hopkins’ death.

Grant’s bond was set at $5 million and remains in custody of the St. Clair County jail pending further court proceedings.

Illinois State Police continues to investigate.

UPDATED 7:10 p.m. FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (WSIL) – Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly announced that Trooper Nicholas Hopkins died after being shot early this morning in East St. Louis.

This morning, August 23, 2019, at approximately 5:26 a.m., Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, and other ISP Troopers were executing a search warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of North 42nd Street in East Saint Louis. There was an exchange of gunfire at the residence, and Trooper Hopkins was struck.

Trooper Hopkins was transported to a local area hospital with life threatening injuries. At approximately 6:10 p.m., Trooper Hopkins succumbed to his injuries.

“It is with profound heartache and unfathomable sadness that we inform you of the death of Trooper Nicholas Hopkins. Trooper Hopkins laid down his life while protecting the citizens of this state. We are asking the public to respectfully give consideration to the family of Trooper Hopkins and the ISP while we continue to grieve and work through this tragedy,” stated Acting Director Brendan Kelly.

Trooper Hopkins was 33 years old and a 10-year veteran of the Illinois State Police.

Illinois State Police districts from across the state are showing their support for the fallen trooper on social media. Many have changed their profile pictures to a badge with Trooper Hopkins’ badge number.

Governor JB Pritzker released the following statement about the passing of Trooper Hopkins:

“Today the entire state mourns the loss of ISP South SWAT Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, a young man who dedicated 10 of his 33 years on this earth to protecting the people of Illinois. It is the most courageous among us who choose a life of risk so their communities can go about their lives in peace. The state of Illinois stands with Trooper Hopkins’ family and the entire Illinois State Police family as they grieve the loss of another heroic officer.”

State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) also released a statement regarding Hopkins’ death:

"Trooper Nick Hopkins is a true hero to us all. He was a man who for 10 years went to work every day and faced extreme dangers. He was not rewarded with fame, glory, or a big paycheck. He did what he did in the hope of making our world a safer and better place for the rest of us to live. We should all be inspired by his service and sacrifice. Please keep his family in your prayers as they mourn the loss of their beloved father, husband, brother, and son."

Additional information will be released once it becomes available.

UPDATED 4:15 p.m. FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – 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."

UPDATED 11:15 a.m. FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019

Illinois State Police say a trooper shot while serving a search warrant has life-threatening injuries.

The trooper was executing a search warrant in the 1400 block of North 42nd Street in East St. Louis early Friday morning.

Just before 5:30 a.m., state police say there was an exchange of gunfire and the 33-year-old trooper was struck.  

The trooper, a 10-year veteran of the Illinois State Police, was taken to a regional hospital. 

Authorities continue to investigate and are still active at the scene. 

UPDATED 9:15 a.m. FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — 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 Belleville 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.


EAST ST. LOUIS (WSIL) — In a post on social media, the Illinois State Police confirmed a Trooper was shot during the execution of a search warrant Friday morning in East St. Louis. 

No other information is available at this time. Stay with News 3 for the latest on this developing story. 

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