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UPDATED: Armed teen shot and killed by Rockford police officers

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OFFICERS' NAMES RELEASED:
The Rockford Police Department has released the names of the three officers involved in the shooting. They are:

  • Sergeant Andre Brass - 20 years of service
  • Officer Phillip Statler - 12 years of service
  • Officer Jeremiah Cizerle - 6 years of service

All officers are currently on Administrative Duty pending the outcome of an investigation by the Winnebago County Integrity Task Force.

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FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE:
The Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office, the Rockford Police Department, and the Winnebago County Coroner's Office held a press conference in regards to the shooting Friday afternoon.

The victim's name, Logan Bell, was officially released. Members of the Rockford Police Department and the Rockford Park District Police responded to the call. Police say Bell attempted to elude officers, and displayed what appeared to be a handgun.

Lt. Kurt Cavanaugh of the Winnebago County Integrity Task Force said at the conference, "Mr. Bell, with a pistol in his hand, was given several commands by the police officers to drop the weapon. Mr. Bell failed to comply. At one point Mr. Bell raised the weapon towards the officers. The three Rockford officers then discharged their weapon, shot at Mr. Bell, killing him."

Bell died of multiple gunshot wounds. The Winnebago County Coroner's Office is still awaiting the results of toxicology testing.

A CO2 pellet pistol was recovered from the scene. It was black and had no colored markings on it.

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UPDATE:
A news conference has been scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to release new details about the officer-involved fatal shooting of a Rockford teen Thursday.

The victim, an 18-year-old man, was shot and killed at 2219 South Central Avenue. The three Rockford police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on leave.

At 1:00 p.m. the Winnebago County Integrity Task Force, Rockford Police Department, and Winnebago County State's Attorney's office will release new details in the case at a news conference.

The investigation began with Rockford police, now it's in the hands of the Winnebago County Integrity Task Force, which is primarily made up of Illinois State police officers. A minority advocacy group is also involved.

"One agreement that our organization has with local law enforcement is that whenever there's an officer-related shooting of anyone in the minority community, our organization receives a call." -says NAACP Rockford Branch President Lloyd Johnston.

Johnston says he's spoken with the family of the teenager who was shot and killed by Rockford police officers. Police Chief Chet Epperson says the initial call to the 911 center was for a subject who was potentially suicidal. Johnston tells a similar story.

"There was a call made that his family was concerned about his well-being, him being more of a threat to himself than anyone else. What transpired as a result of that call being made is a young man today dead and we don't know as of yet what measures could've been taken to prevent this." -says Johnston, who thinks these are measures police should be prepared for.

"Law enforcement is trained professionally to engage individuals who may have mental challenges, and they engage them from a not potentially criminal element, but as someone who needs assistance, and this young man was one of those people." -he says.

Investigators say he was armed with what appeared to be a handgun. Some witnesses claim the victim shot first, and officers returned fire. But that's not been confirmed by police.

"We're not going to comment on any particulars of the incident right now." -says Chief Epperson.

Chief Epperson says Friday, a press conference will be held by Lt. Kurt Cavanaugh of the Illinois State Police. He's in charge of the Winnebago County Integrity Task Force handling the investigation.

The victim's name and description have not yet been released by investigators. Johnston describes the teenager as a minority.

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ORIGINAL STORY:
An 18-year-old man is dead after a shooting at 2219 South Central Avenue.

Police Chief Chet Epperson said officers were called to the area Thursday afternoon in reference to a suicidal subject and a man matching the subject's description was located by police. The man ran away from officers, who pursued him. The subject then displayed what appeared to be a handgun to officers, who returned fire.

According to a witness, gunfire was exchanged between the man and more than one officer, but Rockford Police are not currently confirming that. The man was killed in a grassy area near Central and Michigan.

A gun was recovered by police at the scene and officers are turning the case over to the Winnebago County Integrity Task Force. Three Rockford Police officers were involved.

 

 

 

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