Illinois, a SWAT team member, Nicholas Hopkins, ‘died doing what he loved, the woman said

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Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, a member of the Illinois State Police SWAT Team, was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire during the execution of a search warrant on August 23, 2019. Trooper Hopkins university, had served with the Illinois State Police for 10 years, and is survived by his wife, children and brother.

It was a knock on the door, which Whitney Hopkins never wanted to come.

Her husband, Illinois State Police SWAT team member, Nicholas Hopkins, was shot in the early morning hours of Aug. 23, during the execution of a search warrant at a home in the area of East of california. Louis. He was rushed to a local hospital after suffering what police described as “serious injuries” and died that night.

“I have, who is a police officer, a woman, you have to have these difficult conversations. I have to say to him, ‘Don’t worry, go on, go on, have fun, do what you want,” Hopkins said at his funeral about a week later. “I’ve told him that if anything were to happen, it would be ok. We would be so strong. We would be so brave.”

Nicholas Hopkins and State of Illinois, the Police SWAT-team member, died August 23, after being shot down during the execution of a search warrant at a residence in East st. Louis, Illinois.
(Illinois State Police)

She went on to say, “I want to knock on the door and didn’t come. But, it did. That was it, and now that we are, each and every one of us, for my family, we are now challenged to face a new normal.”

Hopkins, 33, served with the Illinois State Police for ten years, and grew up in Waterloo, and the city that he patrolled up to the time of his death. He is the fourth Illinois State Trooper to be killed in the line of duty this year, and leaves a wife, three children, three sisters and two brothers, one of whom, the agency’s acting director, says the restaurant is in a different section of the police force, in the Prairie State.


“He was a great hero of Illinois, which has paid the ultimate price while protecting and serving the citizens of this state,” State, Kelly told reporters last month. “This has been a very bitter moment for me, as it has been in the house a part of my country. It’s hard, and especially hard for the entire national police force.”

Kelly said Hopkins will continue to provide service to others through the donation of his organs.

“He would want us all to know that he was as healthy as a horse, and that is to have a healthy body, it can help save or improve the lives of as many as 40, by means of a donation,” Kelly said. “Even in death, even in this dark moment his light to shine.”

Whitney Hopkins university, said at his funeral that, in the wake of the death of her husband, she tried to be angry at something, but can’t think of anything too crazy, mind you.


“We have three beautiful children. He has worked so hard for, everything that we do,” she said. “He died doing what he loved. In addition, a team of guys who have meant so much to him.”

Hopkins is also a powerful message to the audience: “it’s time for you to Create some of the most important thing.”

Fox News, by Melissa Leon contributed to this report.

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