RS Fans Reporting: RS fans are saying the police are not assisting in the medical costs to treat the animal. They are trying to get family and friends to pay the Vet to treat the animal. (UPDATE: RS Fan Mark Pickett: “I gave him the $210 for the vet”)
The dog was reported to have been shot in the head and in the side/shoulder area. It is expected to survive, the RPD says.
Not yet confirmed, but this might be the possible suspect the police were chasing. (Below)
Note: The suspect fled from police during a traffic stop and then ran through the homeowners yard. The homeowner did not know the suspect. But the suspect just happened to run through their yard while fleeing from police. Police were chasing the suspect and encountered the family dog and felt threatened, then they shot the dog with their pistol. The Winnebago County animal control was called to the scene for the dog. RS fan Mark Pickett stepped up and paid the vet bill for the family. The suspect that fled from police was taken into custody and booked in the Winnebago County Jail (Possible suspect booking photo below) Note: RPD made an official statement, below the mugshot.
From the RPD; On Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 1306 hours, Rockford Police officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Oakwood Ave and Andrews St which fled from officers. The suspect vehicle was located shortly thereafter near 222 Miriam Ave. Officers located the driver of the vehicle who was identified as a 22 year old female who fled from officers on foot. The suspect fled around the residence located near 200 Alliance Ave. In the process of taking the suspect into custody a large dog allegedly attempted to attack an officer which lead the officer to shooting it. The suspect was subsequently taken into custody for several traffic and a criminal charge. Arrangements were made to have the animal taken to a animal clinic. The owner reported the animal appeared to survive wounds sustained.
Around 1:10 PM multiple officers were responding to the 200 block of Miriam. Details are very minimal at this time, Rockford police were asking for more units and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s office was en route to back him up. Shots were fired and an officer was needing backup. While the Winnebago County Sheriff’s office was en route they updated and said a Rockford police officer shot a dog and no other units were needed. No other information is available
UPDATE: 200 block of Alliance.
It was originally dispatched as Miriam but updated as Alliance. RS fans are saying this is a family dog that was shot.