UPDATED 5:04 PM PT – Saturday, October 2, 2021
An Illinois State Trooper was found in his patrol car on a local expressway with a gunshot wound. Authorities were called to the scene by a concerned citizen, which happened at 1:45 p.m. local time on Friday, on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 43rd Street.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office ruled the cause of death a suicide. 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.
#UPDATE: Illinois state trooper shot on Dan Ryan has died
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