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Police: Suspect arrested for attempted murder of Illinois State trooper

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Police were on Interstate 255 near State Street when the shots were fired around midnight. Police were on Interstate 255 near State Street when the shots were fired around midnight.
Police were on Interstate 255 near State Street when the shots were fired around midnight. Police were on Interstate 255 near State Street when the shots were fired around midnight.
Police arrested Gregory Nelson, 52, for the alleged attempted murder of an Illinois State trooper. Police arrested Gregory Nelson, 52, for the alleged attempted murder of an Illinois State trooper.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Police have arrested a suspect allegedly involved in the attempted murder of a trooper in East St. Louis, according to the Illinois State Police.

Charges and warrants were issued Wednesday for 52-year-old Gregory K. Nelson of East St. Louis.

He was taken into custody around 5:45 p.m. Saturday evening. Nelson is being charged with attempted first degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and aggravated discharge of a firearm. He was taken into custody at an apartment in St. Ann.

The St. Clair County EMA tweeted that police were fired at while on Interstate 255 near State Street around 11:30 Tuesday night.

According to officers at the shooting scene, the incident began when a trooper with the Illinois State Police pulled over Nelson for a suspected DUI.

Nelson then reportedly exited his vehicle and had a conversation with the trooper before firing his weapon.

According to the charges, Nelson removed a pistol from his clothing and moved toward the officer before discharging the weapon.

Nelson was last seen fleeing from the scene on foot.

The trooper returned fire as Nelson continued running.

The trooper, a nine year veteran, was not injured in the incident. Nelson was also uninjured.

After the incident, police barricaded the ramp on Interstate 255 south to State Street and set up a perimeter to search for a suspect. The ramp was reopened Wednesday morning.

According to authorities, Nelson had previously been convicted of aggravated vehicular hijacking.

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