ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Winnebago State’s Attorney decided Wednesday that a Rockford Police officer was justified in shooting a teen last year.
According to police, officers Austin and Ditzler were called to a house in the 4000 block of St. Anne’s Way for a domestic disturbance around 7:45 p.m. In the initial 911 call, authorities said a woman told them her son was “tearing up the house” and dragged her across the floor by the arm.
By the time officers arrived, the teen had stolen his grandmother’s car and fled the scene.
Authorities said the teen then crashed the car into four cars at the intersection of Alpine Road and Spring Creek, and then fled on foot.
While the officers were at the home interviewing the mother and grandmother, they heard glass shattering coming from the basement, police said, and all four went to investigate.
One of the officers knew the teen, and that he had a history with police. When they found him in the basement, they found him holding two knives. Officer Austin shot the teen as he started walking toward his mother, and Ditzker fired a Taser.
The teen was taken to a hospital and treated for his injuries.
Following an investigation by the Winnebago-Boone County Task Force, the state’s attorney concluded that the use of force was justified, and the officers reasonably believed the teen could cause great bodily harm to his mother. No criminal charges will be filed against either officer.