Two Metro Enforcement security guards are under investigation after a man was shot and killed during a confrontation.
The initial confrontation started in the parking lot of the Auburn Manor housing complex. The suspect, 34-year-old Valencia Fresco (aka Javon Blake) was armed with a gun.
“They ended up across the street, at 4101 Auburn Street, where the deadly force incident happened,” says Assistant Deputy Chief Doug Pann of the Rockford Police Department.
Witnesses say they saw Fresco being tased by the officers. And then, they say a fight broke out.
“He was trying to scream and fight, like trying to see ‘why are you on me, like get off of me,’ like trying to fight. But the last words we heard from him was ‘but, I didn’t even do nothing.’ And then all we heard was like 7 gun shots,” says Nadine Massenat, who witnessed the incident.
Residents of Auburn Manor wondered why the security guards would be engaged in the incident in the first place, but Pann says they are in place to patrol the Auburn Manor grounds, to protect the residents, and prevent illegal activity.
“Metro Enforcement is contracted to provide security for that parking lot,” Pann says. “And they would routinely stop individuals to find out what they’re doing, in effort to prevent disorderly behavior, to keep people from trespassing on the property. And this was a case where they were stopping this person to identify him.”
Metro Enforcement released the following statement: “The events of April 16, 2016 are the subject of an ongoing investigation. Metro Enforcement respects the process and integrity of that investigation and will not offer further comment at this time.”