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Pastor and Police speak out about Rockford Officer-involved shooting

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Logan Bell, 18. Logan Bell, 18.
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Investigators release more information about Thursday's deadly Rockford Officer-involved shooting.  Police went to Rockford's southwest side after a call came in about a suicidal subject. It ended when officers confronted Logan Bell, 18, who was carrying some type of gun and shot him multiple times.  The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun that looked police say looked just like the real thing.

"This type of incident is one we as police officers train for but never want to be apart of.  However, in our line of work we do not have the option of choosing when and where we will become involved in deadly force situations," says Chief Chet Epperson, Rockford Police Department.

The Winnebago County Integrity Task Force Illinois State Police Lieutenant Kurt Cavanaugh is in charge of the investigation Bell's death.  Lt. Cavanaugh says when officers spotted Bell yesterday he ran from them.  After they chased him down officers told him to drop his gun several times. 

"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," says Lt. Cavanaugh.

Bell's family pastor from Pilgrim Baptist Church did not want to talk about the difficulty Logan Bell was facing.  But he says Bell's grandparents, who take care of him, along with the rest of the family want to know how their grandson died.

"It happened on church property, the church needs feed back and this community needs feedback.  We pray for the family of the police officers that were involved as the chief has also said, I'm waiting, I'm being prayerful about this but I'm also praying that justice will prevail," says Reverend Dr. Kenneth Board.

The Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia says Bell died of multiple gunshot wounds, but is not saying how many.

The three officers involved in the shooting are Sergeant Andre Brass, Officer Phillip Statler and Officer Jeremiah Cizerle. They are all on administrative leave until the investigation into the shooting is over.

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