UPDATE: Arrest made in connection with Cole Avenue Murder

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Updated October 6, 2017 12:15 a.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - We now know the name of the Rockford man killed on Cole Avenue Thursday afternoon as well as a man in custody for the murder.

Rockford police say during the investigation into the murder of 27-year-old Isaiah Stark, they located a man they believed was involved in the incident.

Investigators took 41-year-old Jamie Spates into custody after the investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office.

Spates is charged with first degree murder and is being held on a two million dollar bond.


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Investigators are on scene of a deadly shooting on Rockford's southwest side.

Investigators say a 27-year-old man was shot in the 300 block of Cole Avenue around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Rockford Police say they know of several witnesses that they believe left the scene before officers arrived.

Anyone with information is asked to call Rockford Police or Crime Stoppers.