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Allegedly What May Have Happened:    Murder/Rockford man arrested 

 Alleged Approx. Location:   4900 block of Linden Road 

 Alleged Approx. Time:   5:45 pm yesterday (Tuesday May 7th 2024)


A Rockford man has been charged with murder in connection to a shooting yesterday that initially was reported to be a suicide/self inflicted gunshot wound.

On Tuesday, May 7th, at approximately 5:45 pm, Rockford Police Officers responded to the 4900 block of Linden Road for an initial report of a gunshot victim, possibly self inflicted.
When officers arrived, they located a deceased 19 year old female.   (She was reportedly shot in the face)

During the investigation, Rockford Police Officers were able identify a suspect as 20 year old Douglas Bell, who was known to the victim.

After a review of the facts of the case, The Winnebago County States Attorney’s Office authorized the charges listed below:

Douglas Bell, 20, of Rockford  1st Degree Murder

Bell was taken into custody and is being lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.

The charges are merely accusations and all individuals are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Side note:

We also received reports that an animal control officer was also injured during this investigation because a dog inside the apartment allegedly bit the officer upon entry. A ambulance was called to the scene to check them out as well. The extent of those injuries is unknown at this time.

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