An Illinois State Trooper has died after an ‘officer-involved shooting on the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway Friday. Police are investigating. Death was confirm by the medical examiner’s office, but it is not known why. A state trooper in Chicago said that it happened near 43rd Street at about 1:45 p.m.
Police have said that they were involved in a shooting. But they didn’t say what the shooting was about. Earlier, his condition was bad. Then he moved to the University of Chicago Medical Center with help from police who were on the scene first.
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As of 3 p.m., a few police officers and other people were seen outside the hospital’s emergency room. Police vehicles blocked the street in front of the hospital. The Dan Ryan Expressway was still closed as of 3:30 p.m., Friday because of what happened earlier today at the hospital. People were investigating the area where a shooting happened, and they had not finished their work yet. The investigators went in and out of the state police SUV. The car was parked on the side of the road, and it was hugging the barrier.
One police officer sat on a barrier. He looked into the driver’s window of an SUV with civilian plates. The car was parked in front of another police car. People who were walking on Wentworth Street saw people in the expressway and went to ask what was happening. Others who were driving also stopped and asked.
Last Thursday, state police told people that on Friday, they were going to beef up patrols. They are doing this at times when criminals are most active. This means in the evenings and overnight hours.
The Illinois State Police will be on the roads more often when there are a lot of criminals in the Chicago area. They will patrol for 157% more during peak times.
The Illinois State Police will put officers in Chicago who are usually all around the state to fight violence on the roads. And they will have more officers in Chicago on the high-violence days of each month. ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly said that the expressways of Chicago have never had this much gun violence before, and it is a new problem. Right now, the need is here on Chicago’s expressways. So we must
District Chicago had 185 expressway shootings in 2021, compared to 83 at this time last year. There were 128 last year and 128 the year before that. In 2020, there were more shootings than in 2019. In 2018, there were 38 shootings, and in 2019 there were 52.
That is because the Tamara Clayton Expressway Act went into effect in January 2020. This gave the police money to put high-resolution cameras on roads so that they can see if someone has a license plate and they are Two men were killed on the Stevenson Expressway. They were shot this Tuesday. The people whose identities were not released died of multiple gunshot wounds. This happened at 11:30 p.m.