MACOUPIN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - A shootout following a police chase has left an officer injured in Macoupin County.
This shooting took place in the area of the Sam's Club in Glen Carbon where shots were fired by the Billy L. Walker Jr., a 53 year old male of Hillsboro, Missouri. Illinois State police say a trooper gave pursuit starting in Glen Carbon around 3:45 P.M.. The chase led the officer and suspect into Staunton, where the suspect crashed into the median and fled on foot.
The officer and suspect exchanged gunfire and the officer was shot in the hand. Walker was also shot. He later died from his injuries. The Walker had no identification on his person and remains unidentified at this time. A handgun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.
The ISP Trooper suffered gunshot wounds and has been transported to a regional hospital where his injuries are reported to be non-life threatening. The Trooper is 36 years old and is an 11 year veteran of the Illinois State Police.
The carjacking incident that took place near the Glen Carbon Sam’s Club is being investigated by the Glen Carbon Police Department.
A full investigation has been launched by the Illinois State Police Division of Internal Investigation.