14-year-old arrested for shooting at Rockford Police Officer

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A 14-year-old has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, for shooting at a Rockford officer during an incident Tuesday night.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea and Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross said at a press conference on Wednesday, officers were called to the area of West Street and Montague around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday evening for a ShotSpotter gun shot detection system alert.

When officers got on the scene, they found a group of juveniles behind Washington Elementary School, 1421 West St.

Police say a 14-year-old suspect turned and fired off at least one shot at officers who were in a squad car. Those officers were able to get out of the squad and arrest the suspect without further incident.

The officers and suspect were not hurt.

The juvenile was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and resisting a police officer.

Suspect is currently in the Juvenile Detention Center.

Hite Ross did not rule out the possibility that the teen would be tried as an adult.

Chief O’Shea said that Rockford has experienced 212 shooting incidents so far in 2019, with 46 people struck by gunfire. O’Shea also said 31 juveniles, 16 and under, have been arrested for violent crimes.

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