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U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft's Statement on Fatal Shooting of Illinois State Trooper Nick Hopkins

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

Steven D. Weinhoeft, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, issued this
statement following the death of Illinois State Trooper Nick Hopkins:

“We were deeply saddened to learn that Trooper Nick Hopkins will not survive the senseless act of 
violence he suffered in the line of duty earlier this morning. The entire federal law enforcement 
community stands as one today to mourn his passing. Our hearts go out to his family and all those 
who are grieving his loss. We also condemn in the strongest possible terms the despicable, cowardly 
act that took his life.”

“Trooper Hopkins was a dedicated officer who served our community with honor, bravery, and 
fidelity. He leaves behind an enduring legacy that will live on in the lives he touched; in the 
work that the courageous men and women of the Illinois State Police continue to perform; and in a 
community that is safer because of his devoted service. His loss underscores the real dangers that 
are routinely faced by those who protect and serve us each and every day. Their work is truly
heroic, and we are forever in their debt.”

Updated August 26, 2019