Illinois trooper shot and killed in East St. Louis executing warrant

Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly announced that ISP South SWAT Trooper Nicholas Hopkins died from his injuries.

August 23, around 5:26 a.m. Trooper 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.

Authorities say the 33-year-old trooper, who is a 10-year veteran, was wounded 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.

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.

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

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."

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