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Officer involved in Mark Anthony Barmore shooting runs for Boone County Sheriff

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BOONE COUNTY (WREX) — One of the police officers involved in the high-profile 2009 shooting of Mark Anthony Barmore in Rockford is running for Boone County Sheriff.

Oda Poole announced he's running for the Boone County Sheriff after current sheriff Dave Ernest announced he was retiring.

Poole was one of the officers who was involved in the deadly shooting of Mark Barmore at Kingdom Authority Church in August of 2009.

Poole and another officer, Stan North, pursued Barmore to the basement of the Kingdom Authority Church when Poole and Barmore started fighting.

The city says Barmore was initially wanted on a felony warrant at the time of the pursuit.

Police say during the fight, Barmore tried to take Poole's weapon when Poole fired the weapon, grazing Barmore's neck. Officer North then shot Barmore four times, killing him.

Poole was placed on administrative leave immediately after the shooting and was later fired in 2011 under former Rockford Police Chief, Chet Epperson.

At the time of the Poole's firing, the department said he was no longer fit for duty after a fitness evaluation.

In 2013, an arbitrator ruled Poole was fired without cause and ordered the city to reinstate Poole to the position he held prior to his 2011 firing. Poole later sued the city for being wrongfully terminated.

In 2017, the City of Rockford settled with Poole with the following agreements:

  • $700,000 settlement of Poole’s worker’s compensation claim, to be paid out over four years.
  • $41,320.89 to be paid into Poole's pension fund
  • Officer Poole was able to retire from the Rockford Police Department in good standing after completing a 40-hour certification course and firearm certification.
  • Officer Poole and his family will be allowed to remain on the City’s health insurance for a period of 10 years.

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