On Friday, a man was charged with killing of Illinois State Police Officer who was shot fatally while executing a search warrant. Waterloo’s 33-year-old Trooper Nicholas Hopkins experienced life-threatening injuries during a gunfight while serving a warrant at an East St. Louis home just before 5.30am.
The St. Clair County State Attorney’s Office announced that Chris R. Grant was charged with first-degree murder late Saturday night. The office claims that Grant shot Hopkins with the intention of killing or doing excellent physical damage. According to Fox, Grant is presently kept in St. Clair County Prison on a $5million bond. The father-of-three was a 10-year-old force veteran who succumbed shortly after 6pm Firday afternoon to his injuries at the hospital.
State police said by visiting the website of the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation, donations can be made to the family of Hopkins. Cops flocked to the scene and surrounded the home and three people were arrested following the shooting, who were not identified. Police did not tell if anyone else was shot, nor did they reveal the search warrant problems discussed. Waterloo Mayor Tom Smith says Hopkins was married and the father of four-year-old twins and an infant daughter.
‘It is nearly impossible to express the depth of my sadness and my condolences to the entire Hopkins’ family and his friends and the Illinois State Police family,’ Kelly said. ‘I give my thanks to troopers who performed CPR for an extended period on their fellow trooper to sustain their brother’s life so that his family could see him one last time.’
‘Nick isn’t only a State Trooper, but he did security working for his church,’ Mayor Smith said to KSDK. ‘Just a very good family guy.’ 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.’
‘Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this dangerous, active situation in East St. Louis and every day,’ he said. U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steve Weinhoeft says the area where the shooting of Hopkins occurred is ‘particularly dangerous.’ ‘He (Hopkins) was trying to make that community safer for every man, woman and child,’ Weinhoeft said.