Published On: Sun, Aug 25th, 2019

Chris Grant charged with murdering Illinois State Trooper Nicholas Hopkins

The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Chris R. Grant with the first-degree murder of Illinois State Trooper Nicholas Hopkins last night.

Nicholas Hopkins

Grant, 45, shot Hopkins Friday morning “with intent to kill or do great bodily harm in causing Hopkins’ death,” according to the state attorneys office.

Grant is currently being held in the St. Clair County Jail on a $5-million-dollar bond.

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.

Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly announced that Trooper Hopkins died from the injuries sustained during the shooting on Friday night.

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, Kelly explained at the time.

“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.

Police added that the investigation is ongoing.

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.”

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