Attempted murder charges have been filed against a man accused of shooting an Illinois State Police trooper while he was wanted for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend, who was a teacher and Waukegan native.
An Illinois State Police trooper conducted a traffic stop around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 1600 block of Toronto Road in Springfield.
Trooper Dakotah Chapman-Green made contact with Cristobal Santana, 37, of Chicago, who was in the vehicle.
Santana and the trooper exchanged gunfire during the traffic stop, according to the state police.
Chapman-Green suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to the hospital. He remains hospitalized as of Thursday.
No other police officers were injured. The area was subsequently shut down.
State police said Santana got out of his vehicle and fled on foot.
A search was conducted and Santana was arrested around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Authorities said Santana had been wanted in connection with the murder of Adrianna Lopez, 37, of Chicago.
Lopez was walking on the sidewalk in the 5400 block of South Narragansett Avenue in Chicago around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Chicago Police Department said a “known suspect” approached in a dark-colored SUV.
He fired multiple shots at Lopez, striking her 10 times, as she was returning to her home.
Lopez was rushed to Advocate Christ Hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead, police said.
Lopez had an active order of protection against Santana, who was her ex-boyfriend, according to her family.
Family members of Lopez, some of whom reside in Waukegan, have desperately sought Santana’s arrest on social media.
Norma Lopez said her sister’s life was “cut short.” She was a special education teacher for Chicago Public Schools.
State police on Thursday announced the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office approved two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm to a police officer, aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon against Santana for the shooting of the trooper.
Santana was transported to the hospital for injuries suffered during his apprehension. He remains in the hospital.
The Chicago Police Department has not yet announced charges against Santana in Lopez’s murder.