ISP identifies suspect killed in shootout with troopers in Jefferson County, Ill.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - An early morning shootout between a man and troopers is under investigation in Jefferson County, Illinois.
It happened at approximately 3 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9 on Interstate 64 eastbound near Mount Vernon.
According to Illinois State Police, at mile post 72 on I-64 a trooper stopped to help a stranded motorist on the right shoulder. They say a 23-year-old Brandon L. Griffin from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a female passenger were in the vehicle.
A second ISP officer arrived for routine assistance a short time later.
While on scene, according to ISP, an altercation occurred and gunfire was exchanged between Griffin and a responding officer.
A 16-year ISP officer suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries after being shot during the altercation. The officer is being treated at a regional hospital.
Griffin was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner’s Office personnel.
According to ISP, the other trooper and the female passenger were uninjured.
At first, all lanes of I-64 eastbound were closed, but were reopened around 6:25 a.m. Eastbound lanes were temporarily shut down again at 7:48 a.m. as part of the investigation, but reopened at 8:53 a.m.
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