Illinois troopers dragged by SUV driven by man in deadly traffic stop

Chilling police dashcam video captured the moment a driver took off from a traffic stop and dragged two Illinois state troopers before he was killed when a gun went off inside the vehicle, according to a report.

The deadly incident began when the two troopers stopped the SUV in a Chicago suburb at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday because its lights were off, according to WLS-TV.

“I thought they were on — that they automatically cut on,” the 21-year-old woman at the wheel says when asked if she forgot to turn on the lights. She is then asked to get out of the SUV.

The trooper then tells his partner to get a man in the front passenger seat — later identified as Darren Green Jr., 30 — to get out of the vehicle.

But things take a terrible turn when the trooper on the left side shouts, “Hey, gun! Gun! Don’t move … don’t move!”

He then calls for backup but Green gets into the driver’s seat and takes off after a woman and child in the back seat also get out, the video shows. The two troopers were dragged by the SUV into a nearby bus shelter.

At one point, a shot was fired from Green’s gun, hitting him in the head and killing him, police said. Officials said the troopers, who were not hit by gunfire, did not fire their weapons.

Both were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and released.

Police said they gave Green’s family the opportunity to view the video before releasing the 18-minute clip to the public.

The incident is being reviewed by the Cook County State Attorney’s Office, according to WLS-TV.

Share this article:

Source: Read Full Article