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Video by RS Source Michelle Rainwater
Note: This is the 3rd incident in the last several weeks that a Rockford Police officer has fired their gun. 2 of those incidents, a person died.
Sources said the victim Randy Pierson was charged on multiple counts of theft and theft and swindle in Stearns County Minnesota. Court records show he failed to show up for court on the charges. There was an active warrant for failure to appear. Unknown if it is related to this shooting incident or not at this time.
On Wednesday, February 6, 2019 shorty before 11:30 a.m., a Rockford Police patrol officer conducted a traffic stop on a white truck with Texas plates pulling a micro flagstaff lite trailer.
During the course of the stop, the driver of the vehicle produced a handgun.
Chief OShea, said the driver “produced a gun”.
He did not say “pointed” the gun. In the press briefing.
The officer fired multiple rounds.
Approx. 17 rounds according to sources
In the photos, there is what appears to be an empty magazine near cone #10 in the photos near the back driver side tire.
The suspect died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound according to police.
The Winnebago Boone County Integrity Task Force has been called to conduct an independent investigation.
The officer involved was transported to the hospital per protocol. All information is preliminary
There is video of the incident according to police, but it will not be released to the public.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on a white truck pulling a trailer just before 11:30 am.
During the traffic stop, police said a man produced a gun. The officer fired off multiple rounds at the suspect. Police said the suspect died of a self inflicted gunshot wound.
Sources said numerous gunshots were fired during the incident. One officer from RPD and one from ISP was also on scene, the RPD officer was the only officer who discharged their weapon during the incident.
Unrelated: Multiple vehicle accident with one rolled over on the bypass near S Main.
Numerous police have their guns drawn at the scene.
They requested an ambulance for an officer.
There is also reports of a dead body at the scene.
Unknown who the victim is at this time.
Reports of a major traffic backup in the area.
Witnesses said the officers got out of their vehicles and put on bulletproof vests and pulled out their rifles.
Police have shut down the ramps in the area. Still developing.
Note:There is a rollover vehicle in the area, unknown if it is related to this story.
Sources are reporting several emergency personnel working a scene.
It is on the bypass just west of Montague.
Numerous officers have their guns drawn on someone.
It is not yet clear what is going on, but it definitely is a dangerous situation.
Still developing, avoid the area.