Murder suspect nearly kills Illinois officer during traffic stop, harrowing footage shows

Harrowing dash cam video footage showed the moment a man allegedly opened fire on an Illinois state trooper who nearly lost his life.

“Authorities said Illinois State Trooper Dakotah Chapman-Green was shot in both legs by 37-year-old Cristobal Santana while performing a traffic stop on Toronto Road in Springfield Tuesday night,” WCIA reported.

“Nearby surveillance video shows the suspect chasing after the injured officer, and proceeding to hit him multiple times with his gun,” the outlet continued. “Chapman-Green suffered a brain bleed and skull fracture. Despite his condition, Chapman-Green stood up, and walked back to his squad car, clearly injured.”

The Illinois State Police released the video footage which shows the scene unfolding.

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“We live in a free country,” ISP Director Brenden Kelly said at a news conference Tuesday. “But there is no freedom without the law, there is no law without law enforcement, and there is no law enforcement without brave souls like Trooper Chapman-Green and those standing here with me today willing to do this noble, but dangerous work.”

“Santana was eventually captured after a three-hour pursuit that included help from the Springfield Police Department and the University of Illinois Springfield Police. He remains hospitalized but was charged late last week with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated battery, and another count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon,” the State Journal-Register reported.

“Every day, he is making improvement,” Kris Chapman-Green, the officer’s mother, said. “And he cannot wait to come back to work so he can protect all of you.”


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