Police look for suspect who tried to rob, shoot off-duty deputy

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Updated August 23, 2018, 3:16 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford detectives are asking for the community's help identifying the man who attempted to rob a Winnebago County Sheriff's deputy Tuesday night in the 1600 block of N. Bell School Road.

The suspect approached the deputy's car demanding property and money before firing several rounds at the victims. The off-duty deputy returned fire and the suspect fled the scene.

Police describe the suspect as a black male in his early 20's, 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet, about 150 pounds with a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt and blue or dark-colored jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department or Rockford Area Crime Stoppers.


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- An off-deputy Winnebago County Sheriff's deputy exchanges gunfire while trying to stop an armed robbery late Tuesday near North Bell School Road.

Rockford police responded to a shots fired call around 10:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of N. Bell School Road.

They learned on arrival the attempted armed robbery involved the Winnebago County Sheriff's deputy and a male acquaintance.

Police say the two victims were sitting in their car when they were approached by a black man armed with a handgun demanding money and property.

The suspect fired several rounds at the victims and the off-deputy returned fire.

The suspect fled the scene southbound.

No one is believed to be hurt in the incident.

The business and vehicle were struck by several rounds.