Ill. State Trooper Dies After Being Shot On Dan Ryan Expressway In Chicago

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 21: Motorists on the Dan Ryan Expressway navigate the morning rush hour as they make their way toward downtown January 21, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. According to the Urban Mobility Report from the Texas Transportation Institute motorists in Chicago and Washington, D.C., spend more time stuck in traffic during peak travel periods than drivers any other U.S. city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 21: Motorists on the Dan Ryan Expressway navigate the morning rush hour as they make their way toward downtown January 21, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


An Illinois state trooper was killed after being shot on a local expressway. Authorities are still investigating the shooting, which happened at 1:45 p.m. local time on Friday, on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 43rd Street.

The Illinois State Police has not released any further information regarding the shooting, saying the investigation is still in its early stages. The fallen trooper has been identified by local reports as 35-year-old Gerald Mason.

The incident comes the same day the ISP doubled its troop presence on expressways amid an uptick of shootings. More than 185 shootings have been reported on Chicago expressways so far this year, which more than doubles last year’s count.

The investigation into the incident remains extremely active.

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