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21-year-old man shot by Rockford police officer Friday in critical condition

The Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force is currently investigating the incident.
Published: Oct. 3, 2020 at 3:06 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - At a press conference Saturday, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces the Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force will investigate an officer-involved shooting on Friday.

“During the investigative process, I’m asking for patience, peace and calm," Hite Ross said.

Hite Ross said a Rockford Police officer shot a man three times, firing his weapon after a traffic stop at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and S. Main Street in Rockford Friday night.

“Rockford Police Officers observed suspect Tyris Jones date of birth September 9, 1999, driving a vehicle," Hite Ross said.

At the press conference, Marilyn Hite-Ross said Rockford Police spotted 21-year-old Tyris Jones around 5:30 p.m. Friday and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Police said Jones then sped away when officers tried to stop him.

“He then crashed his vehicle into another vehicle, fled that vehicle and approached another motorist. He appeared to have a weapon at that tim, and the officer discharged his weapon," Hite Ross said.

Officials said Jones was wanted on several warrants that include aggravated discharge of a firearm and two separate warrants for aggravated domestic battery. Hite Ross also said Jones appeared to have a weapon at the scene, but a gun was not recovered when investigations at the scene began.

“The investigation is ongoing at this time, there was not a weapon recovered at the scene," Hite Ross said.

Five shots were fired and Jones was shot once in the arm and twice in the lower back. Hite Ross said he is in stable, but critical condition.

The Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force is currently investigating the incident, which is protocol for in-custody deaths and uses of deadly force. The Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force was formed in 2010 and Boone County was added in 2013.

“I can’t really talk about the investigation other than it’s ongoing," Commander of the Winnebago Boone County Integrity Task Force Chuck Davidson said. “We would like to reach out to the public and we have a phone number set up for anybody that was in the area."

No officers from the Rockford Police Department will be involved in this investigation.

Hite Ross did not release any details about the officer who fired their weapon. The Rockford Police Department has not yet released the officer’s name.

Anyone with information is asked to reach out to the Winnebago-Boone County Task Force regarding this incident at (815) 987-7844.

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