Sources are reporting 2 scenes in the area this afternoon.
Source said “There is swat at schoonmaker park as of about 5 minutes ago here in Machesney Park. Not sure what is going on. Just drove by and was startled by swat officer in bushes just north of the park and the swat vehicles in the park.”
#1 Schoonmaker Park in Machesney Park is swarming with the SWAT team in the park and around the bushes of the park. Unknown why.
#2 Numerous emergency personnel working a scene near Eisenhower School in Rockford. We have been told this is a fire scene, but not confirmed yet.
UPDATE: Confirmed fire. 3200 block of Spring Creek. An investigator is on scene to determine the cause of the fire. Fire is under control, no reports of injuries.
UPDATE: Public records show Stanley Turner, the man who allegedly robbed the Dollar Tree last night and had a several hour standoff, has a long criminal history including 2nd degree murder. Turner pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder in 2014
From RPD: On Sunday, shortly after 9 p.m., Rockford Police officers responded to Dollar Tree (6340 E. State St.) for a possible robbery in progress. Everyone inside the store made it out, but officers learned the male suspect was still inside with what appeared to be a firearm. Officers are working to make contact with the suspect at this time. The incident is ongoing and more information will be released when possible. Please avoid the area.
RPD, SWAT, RFD and many other officers are on scene. The SWAT team is trying to communicate with someone inside the Dollar Tree.
The business is surrounded by many officers.
Police said there is an armed man inside the business, armed with a handgun. This was originally called in as a robbery in progress around 9 pm.
Officers saw the armed man running inside the store with a gun.
No other details at this time.
Sources are reporting approx. 20 police officers with their guns drawn at a business on the East side.
It happened at the Dollar Tree/Pet Smart area on E State.
Sources said there is 20 + police officers on scene and they all have their guns drawn.
It is not yet clear what is going on. But it is obviously a dangerous situation. So please avoid the area.
Update from source: They brought in some big swat tank and multiple squads from different areas with many of them outside the doors between petsmart and dollar tree
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Barricaded Suspect, SWAT Team On Scene
UPDATE: RPD said this is a warrant service. No other information at this time.
Sources reporting a man has barricaded himself inside an apartment complex in Rockford.
It happened near Sage Drive. That is off of E Riverside area.
Numerous police are on scene and a sniper and the SWAT team.
It is not yet known why the subject has barricaded themselves.
We were told by a source, the man did not actually barricade himself, but only simply refused to answer the door for the police over a warrant. And now police are saying he barricaded himself. So it is unknown if the suspect just simply did not answer the door for police, or if the man really did barricade himself.
Several officers are out with their rifles, a snip, and numerous police. This is a very dangerous situation and we recommend you avoiding the area.