Rockford, Illinois News

Details released in fatal officer-involved shooting

ROCKFORD — Details in a shooting involving a Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputy that left a 27-year-old man dead last weekend were released Thursday.

According to Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley, Sgt. Joseph Broullard shot 27-year-old Faustin Guetigo Saturday, April 10, as he came at him with a metal pipe. Hanley said Guetigo, despite being shot, was able to hit Broullard in the head, knocking him unconscious.

Authorities say the incident began to unfold at around 11:30 a.m., when a deputy responded to a domestic-violence call and met with Guetigo’s wife, who said the couple got into an argument at their 2191 Bellwort Drive home.

“She stated that Guetigo did not want her son, who has special needs, to live in their apartment,” Hanley said in a release. “The victim told the deputy that Guetigo hit her with a closed fist. The deputy observed that the victim had a bloody lip.”

Deputies attempted to locate Guetigo at the couple’s home but did not find him. At around 5:45 p.m, Guetigo’s wife called 911 again and reported another domestic disturbance. A deputy responded and attempted to detain Guetigo outside the home but Guetigo resisted and ran inside. Other deputies on the scene then made the decision to enter the residence to make the arrest, and a key for a side door was obtained.

“One deputy entered the home and went to the left into the living room-kitchen area,” Hanley said. “That deputy had his taser out of its holster.”

Broullard went in with his firearm drawn. Hanley said Broullard opened the basement door and located Guetigo holding a silver metal pipe near the bottom of the stairs.

“Broullard yelled at Guetigo to drop the pipe at least three times,” Hanley said.

Broullard then fired at Guetigo as Guetigo advanced up the stairs. Mortally wounded, Guetigo hit the sergeant on the top of the head with the pipe. Another deputy, identified as Gabriel Eiten, opened fire from outside, shattering glass on the screen door.

“It appears from the [body-camera] video that Broullard was knocked unconscious as a result of being struck with the pipe by Guetigo,” Hanley said.

Broullard and Guetigo were transported to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Guetigo was pronounced dead. Broullard was treated and released.

The shooting is being investigated by the Winnebago-Boone Integrity Task Force.

Hanley said although the task force will not release body-camera footage while the investigation is active, video will be released by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.