On Tuesday of this week, the ISP stopped to help a motorist at 3am on I-64 near Mt. Vernon, IL. Turns out Mr. Motorist and his wife each had no bail warrants from back in New Mexico for aggravated assault with a firearm. Once one of the troopers discovered the warrant and tried to take 23-year-old Brandon Griffin into custody. At that point the fight was on.
During the fight, the wife kept returning to the car, probably accessing a firearm or certainly giving the credible appearance of doing so.
As they fought, Griffin told Trooper they would have to shoot him.
His words proved prophetic. He returned to the car after escaping the grasp of one of the Troopers while the other went to corral the female half to make sure she didn’t access a gun. Coming out with a gun, Griffin tried to add two counts of murder of cops to his charges but the Illinois State Troopers did the only polite thing when faced with a homicidal maniac shooting at them: they shot back.
Unfortunately one of the Troopers was shot and suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover.
Meanwhile, the wanted man Griffin died on the side of the road, shot down like a rabid dog.
He FAFO‘d. Cue the sad trombone.
And now ISP has released the bodycam of the incident.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — State Police have released dash camera footage of a shooting in southern Illinois that left a motorist dead and a state trooper hospitalized.
According to an ISP release, 23-year-old Brandon Griffin from Albuquerque, New Mexico was shot and killed early Tuesday morning after a motorist assist escalated into Griffin and a state trooper exchanging gunfire.
The video can be found here on YouTube. Officials warn the video contains graphic visuals and language.
The shootout happened around 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 64 near milepost 72, which is near the interchange with Interstate 57 at Mount Vernon.
An ISP officer was shot and taken to an area hospital, but is now recovering at home.