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SHOTS FIRED ARREST: On Monday, February 4, 2019, Rockford Police officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 1100 block of North Sunset Avenue. Officers located the home where several shots had been fired. The residents of the home told officers that the suspect who fired the gun, later identified as 23-year-old Ernesto Sanchez, was still inside. After several hours, officers were able to make contact with Sanchez, and he surrendered peacefully. Sanchez was taken into custody, and a gun was located inside the home.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and authorized the below listed charges against Sanchez.
Ernesto Sanchez, 23, Rockford: Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, Violation of Firearms Owner Identification Card
Sanchez was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against Sanchez are merely accusations. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.