Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara responds to officer-involved shooting
ROCKFORD — Mayor Tom McNamara expects the Winnebago Boone Integrity Task Force to conduct a timely and transparent investigation of an officer-involved shooting that occurred Friday on the city’s south side.
“As with any investigation, it will take time for the independent task force to examine all of the facts of the case,” the mayor said in a release Sunday. “My hope and expectation is that the task force continue to brief the public in a timely manner and ultimately announce publicly, and with full transparency, the outcome of their investigation. I take this incident incredibly seriously and I know the task force does as well.”
At around 5:30 p.m., Friday, Rockford officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle they say was driven by 21-year-old Tyris Jones, who was wanted on various warrants. Authorities say Jones led officers on a chase before crashing into another car. Jones then fled on foot. As Jones approached another motorist near Harrison Avenue and Illinois Route 2, a pursing officer fired five shots, hitting him once in the arm and twice in the back.
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross reported Saturday that the officer thought Jones had a weapon. No weapons were recovered at the scene.
Because the shooting involved one its officers, the Rockford Police Department will not be involved in the investigation.
“Immediately upon learning of the incident, Chief Dan O’Shea asked the Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force to investigate the actions of those involved,” the mayor said. “Incidents such as these are some of the most difficult for our community and our officers. I ask the community to respect the investigation and reserve judgement on the officer and citizen involved.”
As of this report, Jones is in critical, yet stable condition.