A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of an Illinois state trooper who was shot while serving a search warrant.
The St. Clair County state’s attorney announced the charge Saturday against Chris Grant. He’s in custody in southwestern Illinois on $5 million bond. It’s not known whether he has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.
Trooper Nicholas Hopkins was shot Friday in East St. Louis during an exchange of gunfire while serving the warrant. He later died at a hospital.
The 33-year-old trooper was a state police officer for 10 years. He was married with three children. The Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation is accepting donations for the family.