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UPDATE: Metro Enforcement officers trade gunfire with at least one Rockford man

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Rockford Police investigate shooting incident at Blackhawk Housing Complex. Rockford Police investigate shooting incident at Blackhawk Housing Complex.
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Gunfire erupts at a Rockford Housing Authority property and some of the people involved were part of the RHA's own security company. One person was taken to the hospital but Rockford Police are still trying to figure out who was responsible.

 

"I do believe there was an individual who may have been hit potentially by Metro fire. The guns at this point have been surrendered as part of investigation," says Ron Clewer, Rockford Housing Authority CEO.

 

A little after midnight Rockford Police were called out to the Blackhawk Housing Complex. The private security company, Metro Enforcement was already there checking out a group of people being loud at one of the apartments when something happened. The police say metro officers exchanged gun fire with a person running from the area.

 

At short time later, a 32-year-old Rockford man came to the hospital shot in the leg. It's not clear yet who shot him. The whole incident has some people living at Blackhawk Housing worried. One woman says it's not trained police officers shooting and an innocent bystander could have been hit.

 

"I don't think it's right that they are out here firing back I wish that that never happened," says Shayteria Burks.

 

The head of Metro Enforcement says he could not speak directly about the incident because it was an ongoing investigation. However Larry Hodges says, "Our officers go though the same training law enforcement goes through including 40 hours of firearm training. Plus continued training with firearms."

 

"I totally understand the fear that our residents have. These folks get on our property because some of our other residents allow them. So until our residents step forward to say enough is enough you are going to continue to see this type of stuff happen," says Clewer.

 

Metro enforcement's president says this is only the second incident where his officers have fired at someone in 12 years. Rockford police say they are still looking for information on this investigation and if you know anything to call 815-987-5824.

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PREVIOUSLY:

Rockford police are investigating an incident in which Metro Enforcement officers traded gunfire with a man in the 1400 block of Meadow Court just after midnight on Friday.

According to the investigation, Metro Enforcement officers were in the area, which is inside the Blackhawk Housing Development, to investigate a gathering in a parking lot. During the investigation, Metro officers traded gunfire with an unknown black male who ran from the scene.

A short time after the exchange, a 32-year-old Rockford man went to a local hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. It is not known if this man was involved in the incident at Blackhawk Housing.

Metro Enforcement is a private security company that is contracted by the Rockford Housing Authority.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call Rockford Police at 815-987-5824 or CrimeStoppers at 815-963-7867.

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