ROCKFORD — Tyris Jones, the local man who was shot in the back by a Rockford officer last month is now charged with first-degree murder.
New charges against Jones, 21, were announced Thursday by Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross and Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea. The allegations stem from the Sept. 26 shooting death of 25-year-old D’Amavlee Macklin in the 1000 block of Furman Street.
Jones was previously charged with weapons offenses in connection with Macklin’s death Nov. 5 when he was waiting for members of the Chicago Community Bond Fund to post his $90,000 bond for unrelated charges. Jones had been in custody since Oct. 18. He spent 16 days in the hospital after being shot Oct. 2 by Rockford officer Dominik McNiece.
Instead of making bail Nov. 5, Jones learned his bond was increased to $2 million, and that he’d now need 10% of that to leave jail. The Chicago Community Bond Fund posted $200,000 the next day and Jones was released.
A Winnebago County grand jury issued a 12-count indictment against Jones Nov. 18. It includes eight counts of murder, three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, and a single count of aggravated battery with a firearm.
Jones is not in custody as of this report. Since his release, he has been reportedly recovering from his gunshot wounds at home. His new bond is set at $5 million.
“I would implore Mr. Jones to turn himself in to the county jail or the Rockford Police Department,” Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said a press conference.
Police say officers spotted Jones who wanted on outstanding warrants at around 5:30 p.m., Oct. 2, and attempted to make a traffic stop. Instead, a chase ensued, Jones crashed the vehicle then fled on foot. He was shot as he ran away from officers. The incident sparked several local protests that intensified when Hite Ross reported that McNiece thought Jones had a weapon but no weapon was found.
The shooting was turned over to the Winnebago Boone Integrity Task Force which has since completed its investigation. The findings have not been released.
Jones is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Nov. 24, on charges unrelated to the death of D’Amavlee Macklin.