Boone County Sheriff David Ernest announces the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program Grant (STEP Grant), Thanksgiving Day Campaign, which begins on November 14th and ends on November 28th.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety, awarded the Boone County Sheriff’s Office funds to conduct additional specialized patrols for occupant restraint violations and DUI.
Off-duty Deputies will be hired back to conduct roving saturation patrols and will be deployed at or near high crash and high traffic locations.
Sheriff Ernest encourages motorists to “buckle up” and to designate a sober driver if you’ve been consuming alcohol. Motorists caught un-belted or under the influence will be cited or arrested.
On 10-23-16 at about 0414 hours Officers were dispatched to the area 1400 Grant Ave for shots heard in the area. On arrival to the area Officers observed a dark colored sedan leaving the area at a high rate of speed. This vehicle was stopped and contained (3) male occupants.
One of the occupants of the vehicle, a (25) year old male, had sustained a gunshot wound to the right knee. This male was transported to Rockford Memorial Hospital where he was treated for the non-life threatening gunshot wound.
The male advised officers that he was going to an after hours party in the 1400 block of Grant Ave when he was approached by a heavy set black male wearing a hockey mask and holding a dark colored handgun.
The suspect made a statement to the victim and then shot him one time in the knee. The victim ran to his car with two friends and left the scene quickly driving to the hospital. This investigation is currently ongoing.