Police nab shooting suspect

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

The man accused of firing the bullet that was stopped by its intended victim’s thick winter coat at a Rockford business Tuesday, Feb. 11, has been arrested.

Police say 58-year-year-old Fredrick M. Williams followed his 48-year-old ex-wife to her job at the Jackson Hewitt tax office on West Riverside Boulevard at around 10:30 a.m. While she opened the office, Williams allegedly fired a single shot from a .25 caliber handgun at a man identified as his ex’s boyfriend.

The victim escaped injury when the bullet became lodged in the lining of his coat. The victim then fought with Williams and gained control of the gun before Williams fled on foot, police said.

Williams was arrested at his home around 5 p.m., Tuesday. He has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and possessing a gun as a felon. He is lodged in the Winnebago County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

According to court records, Williams is also facing gun charges stemming from a 2013 incident.

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