On Friday, January 20, 2017 shortly before 4:00 p.m. personnel from the Rockford Police Department, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State Police and the local office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) responded to Alpine Bank, 2218 North Mulford Road, in reference to an attempted armed robbery with shots fired.
When they arrived officers learned that a white male suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Laurence Turner of Rockford, entered the bank and fired a round into the ceiling. Turner then fired his gun at an armed security guard, who was employed by the bank. The security guard returned fire and struck Turner, who collapsed and was later pronounced dead at the scene. No customers were present in the bank during the incident and no employees were injured.
This incident was investigated as a homicide in cooperation and consultation with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. Detectives from the Rockford Police Department also investigated the possibility that Turner was involved in other similar robbery incidents in the Rockford area over the past several months.
Following the investigation, the Rockford Police Department has been able to link the suspect, Laurence Turner, to the following incidents:
November 23, 2016
Mincemoyer Jewelers – 6585 Lexus Drive
November 28, 2016
Harvard State Bank – 2470 Eastrock Drive
December 16, 2016
Member’s Alliance Credit Union – 6951 Olde Creek Road
Detectives were able to link Turner to these incidents based on physical, scientific, and other investigative information recovered. As a result of Turner’s death, these investigations are considered closed.
A photo of Turner is attached.