Rockford, Illinois News

Man wounded in officer-involved shooting on Rockford’s south side

ROCKFORD — One man was wounded in an officer-involved shooting on the city’s city’s south side Friday night.

Chief Dan O’Shea said the incident occurred near the intersection of South Main Street and Harrison Avenue.

“The officer attempted to make a traffic stop and a pursuit initiated,” O’Shea said.

The chief said the suspect, a man police say was wanted for alleged weapons offenses, avoided stop sticks during the chase. The car then crashed into another vehicle and was forced off the road.

“The suspect exited the vehicle and officers engaged him,” O’Shea said, “and an officer-involved shooting resulted.”

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross identified the suspect Saturday as 21-year-old Tyris Jones. She said as Jones was fleeing on foot, he approached another motorist and appeared to have a weapon.

“At that time, the officer discharged his weapon,” Hite Ross said. “Mr. Jones was struck three times–in the right arm twice in the back. The officer discharged his weapons five times.”

No weapons were recovered at the scene, Hite Ross said.

The case has been turned over to the Winnebago Boone Integrity Task Force. Because the shooting involved one of its officers, the Rockford Police Department will not be involved in the investigation.

Officers involved in the incident were evaluated at a local hospital. No further injuries were reported.

This story has been updated.

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