Sheriff’s deputy shoots one suspect attempting to flee, another suspect sought

March 27, 2014

UPDATE: Names of suspects, deputy released

The suspect who was shot by the deputy is identified as 21-year-old Anthony Dominquez. He has most recently been living in Rockford, although he is from Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

A warrant has been authorized for the following charges:

• Unlawful use of a weapon by a street gang member;

• Unlawful use of a weapon by a felon; and

• No Firearm Owners Identification card.

Note: An additional charge of attempted murder has also been added.

Dominquez has been admitted to a local hospital under guard, and when released, he will be held at Winnebago County Jail.

Matt Lawrence

Matt Lawrence

The second person who fled from the vehicle is identified as 23-year-old Matt Lawrence. He is wanted on an unrelated bench warrant. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at (815) 319-6300 or Crime Stoppers (815) 963-7867.

The deputy who was involved in the shooting is James Abate.

Online Staff Report

At approximately 10:46 p.m., Wednesday March 26, Winnebago County sheriff’s deputies were at a home in the 500 block of Vincent Avenue in regards to a disorderly conduct complaint.

As the deputies were preparing to leave the address, a white SUV drove past the home occupied by two males in the back seat and two females in the front seat. The vehicle was pointed out to the deputies as possibly being involved in the disorderly conduct incident.

Deputies pulled behind the vehicle and activated their lights to stop the vehicle, and the vehicle pulled over on Westmoreland, just to the north of Claremont. The males in the back of the vehicle opened the rear doors and ran from the vehicle, one to the east and one to the west on Claremont.

The suspect who ran to the west was pursued on foot by a deputy, and the suspect ran in a northwest direction. As the deputy ran after the subject, the deputy was able to see he had a handgun in his hand. The suspect at this time fired one round at the deputy. The deputy was just a short distance from the suspect. The deputy was not hit and is uninjured.

The pursuing deputy returned fire and struck the suspect in the legs and upper shoulder area. The deputy fired multiple rounds.

The suspect was determined to be 21years old. He was transported to a local hospital and was taken to surgery. He is under guard and expected to survive.

The deputy is a five-year veteran of the department. He is assigned to the Patrol Division and is a member of the SWAT team.

The second suspect is not in custody. He is described as a white male in his 20s. He was wearing jeans and a Bears jersey. Anyone with information about the second suspect is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at (815) 319-6300 or Crime Stoppers (815) 963-7867.

Winnebago County sheriff’s detectives are conducting the follow-up investigation. A weapon was recovered at the scene.

Posted March 27, 2014

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