An Illinois State Trooper is recovering from a gunshot wound received while trying to execute a search warrant. The shooting occurred around 6:30 Thursday evening (August 15, 2019) in Wheeling (in Cook County).
Officers were attempting to arrest a person wanted for Forcible Detention, Aggravated Unlawful Restraint, and Aggravated Assault to a Police Officer related to an earlier traffic stop. Shots were fired from a residence in Wheeling and the 32-year-old State Police Officer was hit. The officer was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The officer is a five year veteran of the Illinois State Police.
‘’The men and women of the Illinois State Police again and again display bravery simply by doing the job they’ve sworn to do,’’ said Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly after the shooting. ‘’This officer, and all first responders who responded today, showed uncommon valor in what is becoming an all too common situation. The officer and his family will be in our hearts during his recovery.’’