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ILLINOIS STATE POLICE MAKE AN ARREST FOR AGGRAVATED UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON, AGGRAVATED BATTERY TO A POLICE OFFICER, RESISTING A PEACE OFFICER, AND UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
Rockford, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) Troopers arrested and charged Tyronn M. Smith, 18-year-old male of Rockford, IL for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer, Resisting a Peace Officer, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
On Sept. 14, 2020, at approximately 5:10 p.m., an ISP District 16 Trooper observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Illinois Route 2 near 15th Avenue. The Trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle but the driver, later identified as Tyronn M. Smith, 18-year-old male of Rockford, IL, fled the scene by increasing the speed of his vehicle. A short time later, Smith crashed his vehicle at the intersection of Illinois Route 2 and Knowlton Street and fled the scene on foot. A brief foot pursuit ensued, and the Trooper attempted to take Smith into custody. A physical altercation occurred between Smith and the Trooper but Smith fled the scene again on foot.
At approximately 5:28 p.m., with the assistance of the Rockford Police Department and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department, Smith was taken into custody without further incident. A weapon was later recovered on the scene once the incident was secured. The Trooper sustained minor injuries from the altercation with Smith. Smith did not require any medical attention.
Smith was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer, Resisting a Peace Officer, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
Smith remains in custody at the Winnebago County Jail awaiting a bond hearing. There is no further information at this time.
The public is reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.