Rockford, Illinois News

Man shot by Rockford officer charged with felony gun possession

ROCKFORD — A 19-year-old man who was shot by a Rockford Police officer last weekend has been charged with felony gun possession.

Jose Gonzalez, of Rockford, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member, a Class 2 felony that stems from an incident that took place Sunday, April 11, on the city’s west side.

According to information released Thursday by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, at approximately 7 p.m., officers attempted to stop a vehicle near the corner of South Central and Michigan avenues. The vehicle pulled over near the 400 block of Illinois Avenue, and officers attempted to make contact with the occupants.

Before making contact, a passenger, later identified as Gonzalez, got out and ran. Officer Owen McGuinness pursued Gonzalez on foot and at some point, shot him near the backyard of 417 Illinois Avenue.

Gonzalez was transported to the hospital. His wounds were not life threatening.

While details of the shooting have not been reported, police say a handgun and a laser sight were recovered from the scene.

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

Hanley said his office will not release video evidence while the task force’s investigation is active but dash-camera footage is expected to be made public by the Rockford Police Department.