On Monday November 14th, 2016, at about 1:10 a.m., Rockford Officers were dispatched to the area of 16th Street and Pershing Avenue in response to several citizens’ calls of gunshots being fired in the area. Upon arrival, officers learned from a witness that the shots were fired from a silver Cadillac travelling in the area. Officers searched and, only a few blocks away, located a silver Cadillac occupied by a female driver and male passenger parked in a driveway in the 2300 block of Reed Avenue. Officers conducted an investigative stop of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle first revealed spent cartridge casings. After further searching, officers located a partially loaded revolver. The male fled on foot, but was caught after only a short chase on foot. Information was developed that identified the male occupant of the Cadillac as the person who had possessed the revolver and fired it from the moving car. It is believed he was firing into the air and no persons or things were found to have been shot after officers checked the area.
On 11/14/16 at around 1:10 AM Rockford Police responded to the 2300 block of Pershing Ave in reference to gunshots that were fired from a car. Officers checked the area and located a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the 2300 block of Reed Ave. The car was occupied. During the course of the investigation officers located spent shell casings and a gun in the car.
Albert Dowthard was subsequently arrested and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, resisting arrest and several weapons offenses.
At the time of this post it should be noted that the charges are merely accusations and Dowthard is presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
On 11/13/16 around 0150 hours Officers met with the Victims of an Aggravated Discharge of Firearm at their residence. Officers spoke to the victims who stated the incident occurred around midnight at the intersection of Reid Farm Rd and Villagreen.
The Victims explained to the Officers that they were at Jacks(Jax) Pub in Loves Park when they got into a verbal argument with the Suspect.
The Suspect pulled out a handgun and pointed it at them. The victims left in their vehicle and the Suspect followed them in his vehicle to the intersection of Reid Farm Rd and Villagreen when the Suspect fired 3 to 4 shots at the victim’s car striking it two times on the driver side doors.
Then Victims then returned to their residence where they called the police. There was no injury to the Victim’s.
The Victims described the Suspect as a white male, 180 lbs, unshaven, short hair in his early 20’s driving a dark newer 4 door sedan.
On 11/10/16 at 7:58 p.m. Rockford Police responded to several calls for shots fired in the area of Avon St and Andrews St. While saturating the area Officers were flagged down by a victim whose vehicle which was parked and unoccupied had been struck by gunfire. The victim’s vehicle was in the parking lot adjacent to 317 Underwood. Officers then located three spent shell casings in the roadway in the 300 block of Underwood. Nothing else in the area was found to be struck by gunfire and no one was injured. At the time of this post no witnesses have been identified.
Around 4:45 pm today an officer was flagged down near 610 N Rockton ave. Scanner traffic is saying a county officer was flagged down in reference to a shell casing located on the side walk. It might be from a recent shooting that happened near there. The county officer is requesting the RPD to come. They are having to relay the information via dispatchers, since RPD is encrypted
Around 11:15 pm tonight several officers were dispatched to an address on Locust street in Seward.
Scanner traffic is saying there is an off duty officer that heard 2 shotgun shots coming from his neighbors house. He is waiting outside the house and is armed with his own gun. Several officers are en route.
Many officers en route, they are setting up a perimeter
Earlier today a Rockford Scanner fan sent us a photo above and said many police were on scene at the Servicom at 175 Executive Parkway in Rockford. It happened around 1:26 pm. The Rockford police said it was a “weapons violation” call. No other details are available.
Weapons violations: Shots, fired, shooting, etc…
RPD has been called to the Servicom multiple times in the last few weeks. One of those calls, an employee was shot in the eye.
This afternoon several Rockford Scanner fans contacted us in regards to several shots that were fired in the area of Broadway and 20th. No reports of injuries.
Rockford police are encrypted, so no suspect information.
Fan posted this
On October 3rd, 2016 at about 6:20 PM., the Rockford Police Department responded to several calls for shots fired near 2100 block of N Church St. Responding officers located witnesses who observed a blue Pontiac south bound on N Church St and a white Chevrolet sport utility vehicle traveling north bound on N Church St. The front passenger of the Pontiac was hanging out the window and fired several shots from a handgun in the direction of the Chevrolet. The suspect was described as a black male in his early 20’s.
No victims were located and nothing in the area was found to be struck by gunfire. Officers found shell casings in the roadway.
At the time of this post there was no additional details
Around 7:49 am this morning a broadcast came over the scanner in reference to a hit and run accident with shots fired. It happened in the area of Main and Brown around 7:05 am. The suspect vehicle is a dark colored Chevy Impala. The suspect vehicle has front end passenger side damage. No suspect information. 4-5 shots were fired after the accident. Last seen eastbound on Brown ave, then southbound on Cumberland.
On Sunday, August 21, officers responded to a call in the 5200 block of Pebble Creek Tr. When they arrived, it was discovered that someone had fired a gun at the home earlier in the morning, around 3:30 AM.
On Wednesday, August 24, during the investigation of the Pebble Creek Trail call, Loves Park officers & Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a vehicle at W. State St. & Avon, in Rockford. A gun was recovered during the stop. An occupant of the vehicle, Rickey D. Johnson (19) of Rockford, was arrested.
Johnson was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm without a valid firearm owners identification & possession with the intent to deliver cannabis. These charges were unrelated to the Pebble Creek Tr. call.
After further investigation, on Monday, September 19, Johnson was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm & reckless discharge of a firearm related to the Pebble Creek Tr. call. Johnson is currently being held in the Winnebago County Jail.
Criminal charges are merely allegations & defendants are considered innocent, unless proven guilty in a Court of Law.