Local communities mourn fallen trooper

Nicholas “Nick” Hopkins

Many in the local area were shocked to hear on Friday that a local state trooper had been shot in the line of duty, and later passed away due to his injuries.

In a press release that evening, Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly reported that ISP South SWAT Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, 33, of Waterloo, was one of multiple troopers executing a search warrant at an East St. Louis residence at approximately 5:26 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. 

There was an exchange of gunfire and Hopkins was struck and received life threatening injuries. He was transported to an area hospital, but around 6:10 p.m. he succumbed to his injuries.

Kelly noted that Hopkins was a 10 year veteran of the Illinois State Police.

Another release from the Illinois State Police noted, “Throughout his career with the ISP, Trooper Hopkins was recognized for his strong work ethic, his willingness to help others, and his wonderful sense of humor.”

Hopkins was well known in the area as he was a 2004 graduate of Waterloo High School; his father, Jim Hopkins, is a long time alderman for the City of Waterloo; and his older brother Zack Hopkins is a sergeant with the Columbia Police Department.

Hopkins is also survived by his wife and three young children.

For more on Hopkins, please see this week’s print edition.