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Rockford officer who used deadly force named

ROCKFORD (WREX) - The Rockford Police Department released the name of the officer who used deadly force Friday night while responding to a call.

Officer David Cerasa, who has been with the police department for 2 years, is on paid administrative duty pending the outcome of an independent investigation according to a news release from police.

The Winnebago/Boone County Integrity Task Force is investigating the incident.

A task force spokesman previously identified the man who was shot by Officer Cerasa as 41-year-old Mark T. Farrar.

The coroner said Farrar died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Last Friday, police said Cerasa and several other officers responded to a welfare check at a home on 16th Avenue.  Police said family members told them Farrar was suicidal.  He lived at the home officers arrived at.

Commander Sam Thomas, with the task force, said, "Mr. Farrar was standing in the doorway of the front porch of that house and began firing the rifle at the officers that were responding.

"Thomas said officers returned fire and at least one of the rounds fired by the officers struck Farrar.  He had an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, said Thomas.

Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson said he personally spoke to Cerasa before his name and picture were released to the media Wednesday afternoon.  

"Some departments across the country that do not release the name of the officer," said Epperson.  "The follow up to that is there is mistrust. Is the agency trying to hide something?  I've been in contact with the officers who were involved in the shootings, particularly the officer who had to use deadly force, and I've had a conversation with him.  I told him I was going to have to release his name and photograph at some point.  He was fine with it today. So he's prepared that his name and photograph will go public.  He's going to go talk to his family, so we don't have anything to hide."
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