No charges for security guard who shot Rockford bank robber

ROCKFORD–A security guard who shot and killed a bank robber earlier this year will not face charges.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato and Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea announced Tuesday that Metro Enforcement guard Brian Harrison was justified when he shot 34-year-old Laurence Turner Jan. 20 inside the North Mulford Road Alpine Bank.

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Police say Turner entered the bank and fired a shot in the air, then attempted to turn his gun on Harrison. Harrison fired two shots, killing Turner at the scene.

Harrison is a former Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputy.

Police believe Turner was responsible for other armed robberies in Rockford, including one at a Harvard State Bank last November. In that incident, authorities say Turner fired a shot above the teller area then demanded cash. He was also the suspect in armed holdups at Mincemoyer Jewelry and Memer’s Alliance Credit Union.

Had Turner survived, Bruscato said he would have faced several charges, including attempted murder and bank robbery.

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