Crime

Man accused of firing at trooper continues to elude police

Police along I-255 during the manhunt Wednesday morning.
Police along I-255 during the manhunt Wednesday morning. News-Democrat

Police said Thursday morning they were still hunting for a man who allegedly fired several shots at a state trooper during a Tuesday night traffic stop.

Gregory K. Nelson, 52, of East St. Louis, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm following the incident that happened at about 11 p.m. Tuesday. But as of Thursday morning, officers had not been able to locate him.

Nelson, according to St. Clair County court records, was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence after the trooper saw his car weaving on Interstate 255 with its headlights off at night.

The suspect was asked to get out of the car to take a field sobriety test and allegedly pulled a 9mm handgun from his clothes and fired several shots at the trooper before fleeing into nearby woods.

The trooper was not hurt. The trooper returned fire, but it wasn’t clear if Nelson was hit.

The suspect was previously convicted of carjacking and spent nine years in prison.

Police arrived in the area of the shooting, near the State Street exit in East St. Louis, in force and searched through the night into Wednesday morning. They later expanded the search area and followed up on a tip that the suspect was seen walking in Centreville.

Police asked that anyone with information about Nelson’s whereabouts call the Illinois State Police at 618-346-3990.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or 618-239-2626. Follow him on Twitter: @scottwuerzBND.

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