ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A 21-year-old man shot multiple times by Rockford police during an attempted traffic stop remained in critical condition, authorities said Saturday.
Police attempted a traffic stop Friday evening for a man who was allegedly wanted on warrants, including for aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated domestic battery, according to The Rockford Register Star.
Authorities alleged the man sped away, crashed into another vehicle, fled and approached another motorist while appearing to have a weapon. Police then fired shots, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross said during a Saturday news conference.
However, a weapon was not recovered from the scene, she said.
Authorities said five shots were fired. The man was shot in the arm and twice in the lower back.
The Winnebago Boone County Integrity Task Force was investigating, which is standard for use of deadly force.
Meanwhile, protesters demonstrated outside a police station and Winnebago County Courthouse seeking more transparency.
“Currently, the public is continuously left in the dark about information that we should be made aware of because our safety could be at risk,” protestor Skye Gia Garcia said.