UPDATE: Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

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UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- There is new information about yesterday's fatal police shooting. Investigators say all four officers who responded to the scene, fired shots at the 31-year-old suspect.

The Winnebago County Coroner says 31-year-old Demetrius Bennett died of multiple gunshot wounds, most of which were in the torso. The Winnebago County Integrity Task Force has also released the names of the officers involved.

The officers names are James Presley, Ryan Marko, Mark Danner, and Nolan Walker. Walker has served nearly a year on the force while the others range between 7-8 years of experience.

The task force held a media briefing this afternoon and wanted to clear up some false information released by the chief. We're told a 17-month old and a five year old were taken out of the room before the shooting.

That means the baby was not used as a human shield. Investigators say police were escorting Bennett’s wife into the home to gather some belongings after a domestic dispute. We’re told she was able to remove the kids from the scene before officers say Bennett grabbed a steak knife in the kitchen. Investigators say the suspect was asked multiple times to put down the weapon. Police even used pepper spray to control Bennett before they say he lunged at them with a knife.

The coroner says there's a reason so many shots were fired.

“It will take a human body anywhere from one to five minutes for the heart to actually stop beating so you have to remember if there are multiple gun shots which there are, the threat is still going on,” said Sue Fiduccia, the Winnebago County Coroner.

Right now seven officers are on administrative leave, counting the fatal police shooting that killed Logan Bell. The Police Union says they are always concerned about staffing but will manage.

An autopsy is still being performed on Bennett.


At today's press conference, members of the Winnebago County Integrity Task Force told reporters that contrary to yesterday's reports, the children involved in the incident were not used as human shields.

The names of the four officers who shot and killed Demetrius Bennett have been released. They are James Presley, Ryan Marko, Mark Danner and Nolan Walker. The first three have been with the force for at least 7 years. Walker became an officer just 11 months ago.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Family members of a man who was fatally shot by Rockford Police this morning say they are devastated.

“It was a matter of seconds, I heard gun shots and I knew my son was dead."

Ivory Bennett's home is now a part of a crime scene. Bennett says she stood in the hall of a Montague apartment building, as Rockford police fatally shot her son, Demetrius, who is also her neighbor.

"They did not have to kill him," Bennett said.

Police tell us they responded to the Montague home around 7:30 this morning to help a woman collect her belongings after a domestic dispute. When they arrived, we are told 31-year-old Demetrius Bennett greeted officers with a knife. Investigators say Bennett shielded himself with a child and was told multiple times to put down the weapon.

Officers say they even used pepper spray before the suspect lunged at them with the knife, prompting the fatal shot.

“The officers were not injured, we have numerous officers at the scene, I am not going to comment on how many rounds were fired,” said Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson.

“I feel it's another one of them cases when they are trigger happy, just trying to put another mark on their belt,” said Bennett’s mother.

The integrity task force is now investigating whether deadly force was necessary as Bennett tries to justify the death of her son.

An autopsy for Bennett is scheduled for tomorrow.

This spring, Bennett got 104 days of jail and two years of probation for another domestic battery incident.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) --The name of the man shot by police is Demetrius Bennett. Bennett lived in the home on Montague and was pronounced dead on the scene at 9:35 a.m. this morning. We are told that an autopsy will be conducted tomorrow.

The Winnebago County Integrity Task Force is investigating the incident.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Police are on scene of a shooting involving police on the 1800 block of Montague Road.

Police say that a woman came by the Criminal Justice Building around 5:52 a.m. Thursday morning to ask for police assistance in getting some personal items from the residence on Montague Road.

After proper procedure, police officers say they escorted the woman to the home on Montague.

When they arrived, we're told they were met by a disgruntled 31-year-old male armed with a knife. The man also had two small children with him and when police demanded him to put the knife down, they say he used one of the children as a shield.

Police then pepper sprayed the man, who put the child down and dropped the knife.

That’s when police say the man stepped further back in the house and wiped off the spray. We're told the man grabbed the knife again and charged the police.

Police opened fire and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

23 News Weekend Reporter Whitney Martin will remain on scene keeping you informed of the latest details.

The Winnebago County Task Force arrived on scene around 8 a.m. and have taken control of the scene.

No officers were injured in the incident.

If you have any information on this incident please call Rockford Police at 815-987-5824.

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