Rockford, Illinois News

Rockford officers honored for response to Don Carter Lanes shooting

ROCKFORD — Four Rockford Police officers were honored Wednesday for their response to the deadly shooting at Don Carter last December.

Officers Jacoby Barron, Fallon Watton, Kelly Hormig and Brendan Moore received Medals of Valor for saving others Dec. 26, 2020, by running into the line of fire of the gunman who killed three people and wounded three others.

“To say that they responded, really doesn’t cover it,” Chief Dan O’Shea said during a ceremony to honor the officers. “Anybody who’s watched the videos [can] seen how they responded is a credit to them and is a credit to our training that takes place here every year. To say it’s heroic is an understatement.”

Authorities allege that 37-year-old Florida resident Duke Webb entered Don Carter Lanes and opened fire, killing three men, ages 73, 65 and 69, inside the bowling alley. A 14-year-old boy, 16-year-old girl and a 62-year-old man were wounded. Webb was taken into custody without incident at the scene. Two handguns were recovered. No officer fired their weapon.

Webb is a former assistant operations and intelligence sergeant assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), located at Camp Bull Simons, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He has 15 years of military experience and was on leave at the time of the shooting. He’s pleaded not guilty.