On Friday night, Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly announced the line-of-duty death of ISP South SWAT Trooper Nicholas Hopkins.
At approximately 5:26 a.m. Friday, 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.
Hopkins leaves behind a wife and three children.
He is the 4th Illinois State Police officer to be killed in 2019.