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An Illinois State Trooper succumbed to injuries suffered in the line of duty on Friday. According to a release from the Illinois State Police, Trooper Nicholas Hopkins was part of a contingent of law enforcement officers in East St Louis, Illinois who were attempted to serve a warrant at a residence. Shots were fired from inside the residence and Trooper Hopkins was struck. Trooper Hopkins was taken from the scene to a local medical facility where he eventually succumbed to his injury. The shooting led to a standoff that ended with the arrest of 45 year old Christopher Grant on a charge of First Degree Murder. The Illinois State Police released this statement regarding Trooper Nicholas Hopkins "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 in the South SWAT division.