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New Dashcam Video Shows Illinois State Trooper Being Shot Multiple Times by Murder Suspect

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Illinois state trooper survives shootout with murder suspect in encounter in Springfield

A harrowing incident unfolded in Springfield, Illinois, demonstrating the dangers faced by police officers in the line of duty.

The video exposes the encounter between an Illinois state trooper, identified as Dakotah Chapman-Green, and a man suspected in the murder of a Chicago teacher. The trooper, who remains hospitalized, was shot during the confrontation.

The trooper's family, visibly emotional, stood by as Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly recounted the injuries sustained by Chapman-Green. The State Police deemed the trooper's recovery miraculous, underscoring the severity of the incident before releasing the video to the public.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 10:47 p.m., when Trooper Chapman-Green pulled over 37-year-old Cristobal Santana in the 1600 block of Toronto Road in Springfield. Santana is also a suspect in the murder of Adrianna Lopez, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago.

In the released dashcam footage, Santana is seen exiting his vehicle and aiming his weapon at Trooper Chapman-Green. Moments later, Santana fired at least 10 shots, hitting the trooper multiple times. Despite the injuries, Chapman-Green pursued Santana through a nearby parking lot, armed with a flashlight.

Santana continued his assault, inflicting additional injuries on Chapman-Green, including a brain bleed and facial and skull fractures. The trooper, however, displayed remarkable resilience, rising to his feet before being assisted by two Good Samaritans.

In a subsequent dashcam video, Santana is struck by a car, leading to his apprehension by troopers. Chapman-Green was then transported to a local hospital, where he is in the process of recovery.

Expressing pride in her fiancé, Maddy Kinsel stated, "I have always told Kody that I'm proud of the man and Illinois state trooper that he is. I don't think I've ever been more proud of him than I am right now."

Commissioner Kelly commended Chapman-Green, emphasizing his dedication to returning to duty. Santana faces multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder, as the Chicago Police continue their investigation into the elementary school teacher's case.

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