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East St. Louis officials say cop OK after life-threatening incident

East St. Louis officials were releasing few details about a police officer who became “distressed” on Friday night and needed assistance from fellow officers.

The officer was in a life-threatening situation and ended up being taken to a hospital, according to city officials. The officer’s identity was not released.

Police Chief Michael Hubbard said the police department received a call reporting a distressed officer in need of assistance. Several officers and detectives responded.

“The situation was abated,” Hubbard said.

City Manager Alvin L Parks Jr. said, “I am aware of an incident last night involving a police officer. With regards to identifying the individual, I won’t do that. As I know it, today things are already moving in a positive direction for the officers.”

He added, “I will say the police department did an excellent job of securing a scene at which an officer’s life was at risk and in jeopardy. All of the officers involved are moving toward 100 percent health.”

I will say the police department did an excellent job of securing a scene at which an officer’s life was at risk and in jeopardy. All of the officers involved are moving toward 100 percent health.

Alvin Parks Jr., East St. Louis city manager

Parks declined to discuss details of what happened.

“I just want to say the officers did an excellent job helping to abate that situation last night,” he said.

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