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Rockford Scanner™: Police Release More Info. In Yesterdays Shooting/Standoff, And Release The Suspects Name


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– On Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at approximately 12:05 p.m., the Rockford Police
Department responded to the area of 4th Avenue and 12th Street for reports of shots fired and a
shooting victim lying in the roadway. Upon arrival, officers located a 48-year-old man suffering
from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable
condition at the time of this release.

During the investigation, officers were advised that a 31-year-old male, later identified as Michael
Willis, reportedly shot the victim and then subsequently left in a vehicle. Minutes later, Willis
returned and proceeded to shoot towards the victim again. He then entered his residence in the
1600 block of 4th Avenue, where he remained.
After a review of the facts of the case, the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized
the charges listed below for Willis.

Michael Willis, 31, Rockford

Attempted First Degree Murder
Aggravated Battery with a Firearm
Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon

Over the next few hours after the shooting, Rockford Police officers, the Crisis Co-Response
Team, Rockford Police negotiators, Rockford Police SWAT, and Rockford Police detectives,
attempted to make contact with Willis and had limited contact with him throughout the
afternoon. After an extended period with no communication from Willis, Rockford Police SWAT
entered the residence, and located Willis deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted
gunshot wound.


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