Winter coat stops bullet, alleged shooter still on loose

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

A Rockford man escaped injury after his thick winter coat stopped a bullet during a shooting incident at a local business Tuesday, Feb. 11.

The shooting occurred Tuesday morning at the Jackson Hewitt Tax office on West Riverside Boulevard.

Police say the incident unfolded around 10:30 a.m., when a man walked into the office fired a single shot from a .25 caliber handgun at another man. The victim was the boyfriend of a 48-year-old female employee. The shooter is the woman’s ex-husband, police said.

After the bullet lodged in the lining of his jacket, the victim engaged in a physical fight with the shooter and was able to gain control of the firearm.

The suspect fled on foot. Police later searched the man’s home but but did not located the suspect. The handgun was recovered at the scene.

As of this report, no arrests have been made. The name and description of the suspect have not been released.

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