On Monday, March 19, 2018, shortly after 11:00 p.m. patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to the 3100 block of Jacqueline Drive in reference to a call for shots fired. When they arrived officers received information that a subject had fired several shots from an apartment in the 3000 block of Jacqueline Drive. The building was surrounded an officers attempted to make contact with the subjects inside for several hours without success.
The Rockford Police Department SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiations Team were then called to the scene. For several hours negotiators tried unsuccessfully to make contact with the occupants of the apartment and convince them to surrender. A search warrant was later obtained for the apartment.
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, shortly after 7:00 a.m. the SWAT Team made entry into the apartment and located three adults, a male and two females, inside. All three subjects were taken into custody without incident. Two handguns were recovered from the apartment. No one was injured during the incident.
Detectives from the Gang Unit conducted a follow-up investigation into the incident. The investigation was then reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result charges were authorized against the male suspect, Bobby Horton Jr., for the listed charges. The two female subjects were later released without charge. Horton was later lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. A photo of Horton is attached.
ARRESTED: Bobby Horton Jr. 23-years-old Rockford, IL
CHARGES: Reckless Discharge of a Firearm
The charges against Horton are merely accusations and not evidence of his guilt. As with defendants in all criminal cases he is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court. No further information is available at this time.
Details are minimal due to the encryption.
Reports of a shooting incident and a standoff in Rockford.
It happened in the area of Jacqueline and Holiday
Overnight there were reports of shots being fired and a fight over a dog that was lit on fire. A standoff occurred when officers arrived. The SWAT team was on scene.
Reports are saying three people have now been detained this morning.
When more details becomes available, we will update this