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Man charged with murder in shooting of Illinois trooper

This photo provided by the Illinois State Police shows Illinois State Trooper Nicholas Hopkins. Hopkins an Illinois State Police trooper died from wounds suffered early Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 while executing a search warrant in East St. Louis. (Illinois State Police via AP)

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — 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.

The Associated Press