STAUNTON — An Illinois State Police trooper was shot and a suspected carjacker was killed in Staunton on Saturday afternoon, according to a news release issued by the Illinois State Police late Saturday evening.
Illinois State Police received a call around 3:45 p.m. about shots being fired during an armed carjacking at the Sam’s Club in Glen Carbon. A State Police trooper located the suspect vehicle traveling north on Interstate 55. He pursued the vehicle into Staunton.
While being pursued by both the State Police trooper and the Staunton Police Department, the suspect ran off the road and got stuck in the median near the intersection of Staunton Road and I-55. When the suspect fled on foot, he fired at the trooper, who fired back, fatally wounding the suspect.
The suspect was not carrying identification and has not been identified. His handgun has been recovered.
The trooper, a 36-year-old, 11-year veteran of the Illinois State Police, suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. He was transported to a nearby hospital.
According to the State Police, I-55 southbound at the Staunton exit was shut down for an extended period of time following the incident. Traffic was diverted from I-55 onto West Frontage Road.
The carjacking at the Glen Carbon Sam’s Club is being investigated by the Glen Carbon Police Department. A full investigation has been launched by the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation, who will provide additional information once it is available.