UPDATE: Suspect Shot by Deputy to be Charged with Attempted Murder

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Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers says the man shot by a deputy will soon be charged with Attempted Murder.

Matt Lawrence, 21, is wanted on an un-related bench warrant. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department (815) 319-6300 or CrimeStoppers (815) 963-7867.

UPDATE: Late developments in Wednesday night's officer involved shooting on Rockford's far west side. Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers says the man shot by a deputy will soon be charged with Attempted Murder.

Meyers tells 23 News the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office has authorized Attempted Murder charges for Anthony Dominguez, 21, and he will be served with those charges as soon as he gets out of the hospital.



UPDATE: WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) – The Winnebago Boone Integrity Task Force will not look into Wednesday night's officer involved shooting involving an alleged gang-member. It's a story we were first to tell you about as it broke and now we've learned the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department will investigate the shooting internally.

Anthony Dominguez, 21, was shot by a deputy after investigators say he fired at that deputy during a routine traffic stop off West State Street. Dominguez is still in the hospital.

Another man, Matt Lawrence, 23, is still on the run. We're told he took off after the shooting. He is also wanted on an unrelated bench warrant. Meantime, James Abate, the deputy who we're told shot Dominguez, was not hurt.

"The officer did what he was trained to do. He returned fire, he returned it very accurately, and he did a good job," Sheriff Dick Meyers, said.

Dominguez will be taken to jail once he gets out of the hospital. He's facing several charges including unlawful use of a weapon by a gang member and felon.

Winnebago County Sheriff's deputies were back in the same quiet west side neighborhood Thursday. Neighbors say they still can't believe it.

"It’s a really good neighborhood. I've left my keys in the door overnight and woke up the next day and they're sitting right there. It's a shocker there was somebody shooting it out with the cops last night," Ryann Adkerson, who lives nearby, said.

As the shock of the shooting wears off Connie Pec worries this may be the start of a downturn in the neighborhood. Pec says this is the second incident in two weeks where police were called to her street.

"There was yelling outside and I came out to look and right on the corner there were like 30 people out there fighting and screaming," she said.

"I was a kid once too, you can tell when someone is up to no good, so yeah I actually noticed that about the last month, month and a half that there's been some new element to the neighborhood," Adkerson said.

Pec says now she'll take extra precautions to stay safe.

"I thought twice about getting a gun after this morning. You know, that's a big concern, I mean, when it’s a few feet from your house and somebody shoots a policeman, they have no respect for the law. They don't care," she said.


UPDATE: Police say the suspect who was shot by a Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputy has been identified as 21-year-old Anthony Dominguez.

The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department says he has most recently been living in Rockford however is from Phoenix, Arizona.

A warrant has been authorized for the following charges:

-Unlawful Use of a weapon by a street gang member.
-No Firearm Owners Identification card.

Dominguez has been admitted to a local hospital under guard and when released will be lodged in jail.

Police say the second person who fled from the vehicle has been identified as 23-year-old Matt Lawrence. He is wanted on an un-related bench warrant. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 815-319-6300 or CrimeStoppers at 815-963-7867.

The deputy who was involved in the shooting is James Abate. We're told Abate has been with the department for 5 years and is assigned to the Patrol Division and is a member of the SWAT team.


UPDATE: A man is still on the run after a shootout with a Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputy on Rockford's west-side. In all, three people were arrested including one suspect shot by a deputy.

Sheriff Richard Meyers says everything went down near the intersection of Claremont and Westmoreland.

Meyers tells us an officer was patrolling the area, investigating a disturbance call when he saw a vehicle that seemed suspicious and may have been involved.

The deputy pulled the car over and started to approach the vehicle, when two suspects jumped out of the car.

At the time, the officer was alone so he could only chase one person and the person turned around and shot at him.

The deputy was not hit and we're told he returned fire, hitting the suspect, and then immediately took that suspect into custody.

The other person is still on the loose. Sheriff Meyers says considering the night's events, it's a miracle no one was killed.

"Just shows you how dangerous this job is. I mean it could be the officer that was in the hospital instead of the suspect. You don't want to see anybody get hurt but this had the best outcome that could be," Meyers said.

The search goes on for that fourth suspect. Investigators aren't sure if that person is armed but they are treating him as such.

The man shot by police was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other suspect is being treated as armed and dangerous.

There were also two women that were in the suspect's car and they were also placed in custody and investigators are questioning them. We will continue to update you as we get more information on this story.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- An active scene on Rockford's West-side after reports of a shooting.

It all started around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night near Claremont and Westmoreland, near Meridian Road and West State Street.

Right now police have area blocked off and are looking for suspects.

We are getting reports from some investigators on the scene that it appears to be an officer involved shooting.

23 News Report Jorge Rodas has been on the scene from the start and says at least one person was put into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

Stay with WIFR for the latest on this breaking story.


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