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Video credit: Julie Lawson Pierce
BREAKING UPDATE: RS Fans been reporting a large police presence at Barnam and Fitch rd, SWAT TEAM and Rockford Violent Crimes .  Short time afterwards the fans said HE IS NOW IN POLICE CUSTODY thanks to the Rockford violent crimes unit and SWAT team. There is still a large police presence on scene but he has been transported to the jail, from the scene.  


Keep up the good work sending in the photos, information, etc… 

RS fan: “Cops had the whole street blocked off. Made everyone stay in there houses. Swat team rockford violent crimes unit. Under covers everywhere, command unit, etc…”

RS Fan: “Right across the street had two snipers in my front yard”

Video credit: Julie Lawson Pierce

Note: Unconfirmed, but is believed to be the suspect in the Cherryvale Mall shooting ~

On Saturday, October 8, 2016 shortly before 4:00 p.m. patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department were investigating a shooting incident when they located the suspect vehicle near the intersection of Fremont Street and Fulton Avenue. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, a Gold Buick, the vehicle fled and a brief vehicle pursuit ensued. Officers eventually lost sight of the vehicle near the intersection of Spring Creek Road and Alpine Road.

A few minutes later, calls were received for a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of New Towne Road and State Street. The description of the suspect vehicle was the same Gold Buick that had fled from officers earlier. When the victim of the hit-and-run attempted to follow the suspect vehicle in order to obtain a license plate number the driver, later identified as Donald Ashford Jr., fired several rounds from a handgun at the victim’s vehicle. The suspect vehicle then fled the scene. No one was injured during the shooting.

Detectives from the Rockford Police Department conducted a follow-up investigation into the incident and the results were reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result, charges were authorized and a warrant was obtained for Donald Ashford Jr. for the following charges:

WANTED: Donald Ashford Jr. 22-years-old Rockford, Ill.
CHARGES: Aggravated Discharge of Firearm $250,000 bond
Aggravated Fleeing to Elude $250,000 bond

The Rockford Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Ashford.


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