CHICAGO (AP) — The death of an Illinois State Police trooper on a Chicago expressway has been ruled a suicide, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said Saturday.
An autopsy found District Chicago Trooper Gerald Mason, 35, died of a gunshot wound to the head, the medical examiner's office said. His age was initially reported as 36 on Friday by state police.
"He was an amazing District Chicago trooper," Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly said during a news conference Friday evening.
"He was a sweetheart, and he loved everybody," she said. "He just wanted to protect people and make this city and state better."
There have been more than 185 shootings on expressways in the region this year, according to the agency, compared to a total of about 130 shootings last year, and just over 50 in 2019.
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Molina, Tara. “Illinois State Police to Saturate Patrols in Wake of Chicago Area Expressway Shootings; Data Show Very Few Arrests Are Made in Such Cases.” CBS Chicago. CBS Chicago, October 1, 2021. https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/10/01/chicago-area-expressway-shootings-arrest-numbers-illinois-state-police/. ↩︎