UNDER ARREST: A Rockford man is now in custody following a shots fired incident. On Saturday, February 10, 2019 at approximately 12:10 a.m., Rockford Police Patrol officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert for several shots fired in the 400 block of Albert Avenue. Officers located shell casings, but nothing was struck.
Rockford Police Narcotics Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation, and were able to obtain a search warrant for 421 Albert Avenue. On Wednesday February 13, 2019, detectives executed the search warrant and located a loaded handgun, ammunition and more than 100 grams of cannabis. Detectives arrested a suspect, identified as 19-year-old Darius Townsend.
The Winnebago County States Attorney’s Office reviewed the investigation and authorized the below listed charges against Townsend.
Darius Townsend, 19, Rockford: Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon, Possession with Intent to Deliver
Townsend was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against Townsend are merely accusations. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Sources are reporting several police officers are searching a U-Haul truck at the BP on Auburn st in Rockford around 1:30 pm today.
We are awaiting to hear back from the RPD for an official statement.
Sources have told us it was a possible drug bust, but not confirmed.
RPD did not log this in their call logs.
After we posted this, Source sent us the following: “Seemed like a lot of in and out, officers kept going in and out for bout 5 min but I never saw anything get pulled out and it wasn’t towed away, 2 people got in and drove it away.”
So this might not be a drug bust as we were originally told. And just a routine traffic stop with the police searching the U-Haul truck. We have reached out to the RPD for information, still have yet to hear back from them.