STAUNTON — A carjacking suspect was killed and an Illinois State Police trooper was wounded during a shootout Saturday evening on Interstate 55 near Staunton, police said.
Around 3:45 p.m. Saturday, the Glen Carbon Police Department informed state police about an armed carjacking in which the suspect fired shots in the area of the Glen Carbon Sam's Club, according to ISP.
A responding state trooper found the suspect's car going northbound on I-55 and tried to pull it over.
Instead, the pursuit took them into Staunton, then back toward the highway, police said. Staunton Police joined trooper in following the suspect, who drove off the roadway and got stuck in the median near the intersection of Staunton Road and Interstate 55, according to ISP.
The suspect got out of his car and started to run, according to state police. The state trooper ran after him. He took out a handgun and shot at the trooper, who was hit, police said.
The trooper fired back, hitting and killing the suspect, police said. The suspect was identified as male but had no identification on him and has not been identified, police said. Police said a handgun was recovered at the scene.
The male suspect remained unidentified early Sunday, but officials said the trooper is 36 years old and has been with the state police department for 11 years.
The trooper's gunshot wounds don't appear to be life-threatening and he was taken to a regional hospital, authorities said.
State police officials said their internal investigations division has started a "full investigation" and that when they're ready to release further information, it will be sent in a press release. Glen Carbon police were investigating the carjacking.