Search continues for I-90 shooter, victim’s name released
Online Staff Report
Authorities are continuing their search for Kody R. Walsh, 22, of Rockford, who fatally shot a female passenger inside a vehicle while traveling on I-90 near South Beloit at approximately 2 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 9.
South Beloit Police located and attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle fled. South Beloit Police were joined by Rockton Police in attempting to stop the vehicle. The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed near Springfield Road and School Street in Rockford.
Following the crash, the suspect fled on foot after shooting a weapon at police. As the suspect fled, he turned and fired at least one round at the pursuing officers. Officers did not return fire at the suspect, and no officers were injured.
A search of the area involving multiple law enforcement agencies was coordinated by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police.
The vehicle that crashed was found to contain the body of a female who was believed to be the shooting victim from the tollway. The victim has since been identified as Lori A. Daniels, 36, of Janesville, Wis.
According to the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office, Daniels died of a gunshot wound to the head. An autopsy is scheduled for noon, Monday, Sept. 10.
Illinois State Police Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene of the crash.
The suspect being sought by Illinois State Police is Kody R. Walsh, 22, Rockford. Walsh is also wanted on an unrelated domestic battery warrant. He should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone having contact with Walsh should contact the Illinois State Police at (815) 987-7440 or the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department at (815) 319-6300.
Posted Sept. 10, 2012
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