ISP Trooper Shot in Springfield; Suspect Linked to Chicago Homicide Case

Left- Cristobal Santana – Age 37 Right – Adrianna Lopez – Age 37

Springfield, Illinois – At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, a citizen called police to report an officer-involved shooting in the 1600 block of Toronto Rd. They were uncertain about whether the shots were fired by the officer or the suspect. According to initial reports, 16 shots were fired, and an Illinois State Police Officer was shot in the leg. A tourniquet was applied to the officer’s leg, and the suspect fled his vehicle on foot.

Around 1:59 a.m., police received information that someone had gone to the Days Inn, located at 5970 S. Sixth Street Frontage Rd E., to inquire about a flashlight. Officers then responded to the area and took the suspect into custody at Circle K, located at 1201 Toronto Rd.

According to Illinois State Police, the suspect, 37 year old Cristobal Santana of Chicago, Illinois is the suspect in the attempted homicide of an Illinois State Police Trooper and is believed to be wanted in connection with the homicide of a Chicago Public School’s teacher.

According to media reports in the Chicago, Illinois area, the homicide victim was Adrianna Lopez, a 37-year-old Special Education teacher with the Chicago Public Schools. On Sunday, October 22, 2023, officers reported that she was near her home when a man believed to be Santana (an ex-boyfriend) approached her, started to argue with her, and then fatally shot her 10 times.

Lopez worked as a special education teacher at Nathan S. Davis Elementary School in Brighton Park.

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