Chicago- In a recent news update, On Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago, a state police trooper died this Friday after getting shot as per the local authorities. On the same day, a decision was taken place about stepping up on the patrols because of the shooting incidents surges that involves motorists in the city.
At 2:16 p.m, the police trooper was declared dead at the UCMC (University of Chicago Medical Center) – said Natalia who is the medical examiner. She further said that “An autopsy will also be conducted to make the things more clear.”
The dead police trooper was identified as a 36-year-old Gerald Mason by the Illinois District Police.
“He was an amazing District Chicago trooper,” Kelly said during a brief news conference Friday evening.
It was further added by Kelly that there is a potential threat or harm to law enforcement or public safety.
As per the spokesperson of the Chicago Fire Department, “shooting occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on the inbound lanes of the Dan Ryan at 43rd Street on the city’s South Side.”
A day just before the trooper’s death, it was announced by the Illinois police that they will double the patrolling in the area which will commence this Friday due to the recent increase in shooting incidents at the expressway in Chicago for the past two years.
There have been 185 or more shooting incidents that occurred on the Chicago expressway for the current year in comparison to the last year’s shooting which was estimated at 130 incidents and only 50 in 2019.