Routine House Call Gets Intense, Forcing Crews Into Action And Self-Defense

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

This complex crime scene started out with a routine domestic dispute investigation regarding resident Benjamin Manning. It quickly escalated into something far more intense.

"While they were speaking with him, the suspect threw the throwing stars and throwing knives out of the offices. None of the officers were hit nor were they injured," Deputy Chief Greg Lindmark said.

Once police arrived on the scene on Overdene Avenue, things went from bad to worse. Police say Manning set his own apartment on fire, leaving Rockford crews - and his own neighbors - with a big mess on their hands.
"The first company here did find heavy smoke in the apartment in the corner. We got there real quick, and got the fire knocked down," District Chief Rick Hansing said.
While the fire was controlled, police say Manning went outside, where they used a bean bag round to calm the suspect down, and take him into custody. Meanwhile, the fire's total damage is estimated at $25,000.

"Quite a lot of damage in a couple of rooms in the corner apartment. No other extensions in any of the apartments, good thing we didn't get anybody hurt," Hansing said.

An eventful afternoon house call that got police, and then fire crews involved, and in action.

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