An Illinois State Police trooper who had asked to be return to highway patrols has been killed in the line of duty… when his squad car was struck by a semi near Chicago.
28-year-old Trooper James Sauter had been in air operations but had only recently returned to road patrol work. The accident remains under investigation.
It was the second line-of-duty death for ISP in five months. Trooper Kyle Deatherage was killed when he was struck by a semi while conducting a traffic stop on I-55 near Litchfield last fall.