Illinois State Trooper Shot on Highway Same Day State Increased Patrols Due to Shootings

An Illinois State Trooper was shot on the Dan Ryan Expressway on Friday, the same day the state police increased patrols on Chicago-area highways due to a rise in shooting incidents.

A spokesperson for the Chicago Fire Department confirmed to WBBM-TV in Chicago that the trooper was shot on the Dan Ryan Expressway, near 43rd street. According to WBBM-TV, the trooper was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

A spokesperson for the Illinois State Police told Newsweek that the trooper was transported to the hospital with "serious injuries."

"This incident is in its infancy and no further information is available at this time," the spokesperson said.

In a tweet posted around 3:30 p.m. local time, the Illinois Department of Transportation said, "A police investigation has closed all local lanes of the outbound Dan Ryan Expwy at 43rd Street."

Chicago: A police investigation has closed all local lanes of the outbound Dan Ryan Expwy at 43rd Street. pic.twitter.com/U5PHEK17pL

— IDOT_Illinois (@IDOT_Illinois) October 1, 2021

Tyler LaRiviere of the Chicago Sun-Times shared a photo on Twitter of the police presence on the Dan Ryan Expressway following the shooting.

Illinois state police are on scene for a State Trooper shot on 43rd and Dan Ryan in the Inbound local lanes. #Chicago #ChicagoScanner pic.twitter.com/nfxYo4Exgk

— Tyler LaRiviere (@TylerLaRiviere) October 1, 2021

Friday's shooting came on the same day that the Illinois State Police planned to increase patrol on highways in Chicago.

Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly said in a statement that beginning on Friday, "preventive patrol presence" will be increased by 157 percent.

"For more than 30 years, patrol of Chicago-area expressways has been a unique duty of this agency and in that time, we have not previously confronted the concentrated levels of gun violence we have faced in 2020 and 2021," Kelly said in a statement, according to WMAQ-TV in Chicago. "We are a statewide agency with statewide missions and responsibilities, but we must dedicate the greatest resources to the greatest need, and right now the greatest need is here, on Chicago's expressways."

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, there have been at least 185 shooting incidents on Chicago-area highways over the past year. In comparison, there were 83 reported shooting incidents on Chicago-area highways at the same time last year and 128 reported shooting incidents throughout 2021.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that from Wednesday night to Thursday morning, there were at least four shooting incidents reported by the Illinois State Police on expressways in Chicago, including one where a victim was left seriously injured.

In February, Illinois State Police received a $12.5 million grant to install license plate reading surveillance cameras across highways in Chicago. Illinois State Police Director Kelly said in a previous statement that the cameras will be used "to detect and deter crime," the Chicago Sun-Times Reported.

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An Illinois State Trooper was shot on a highway in Chicago on Friday, October 1, 2021. Above, Illinois State Police vehicle is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago on February 8, 2018. Raymond Boyd/Getty

Updated October 1, 2021, 4:31 p.m. ET, - to include a statement from a spokesperson for the Illinois State Police.