Sheriff’s Department clarifies facts in officer-involved shooting, second suspect still sought

Online Staff Report

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department has clarified some facts in the officer-involved shooting that occurred Wednesday, March 26.

The name of the suspect who was shot is Anthony Dominguez, not Dominquez, as previously reported. Dominguez, 21, is also known as Anthony Dominguez-Cano and Luis Gomez.

Also, Dominguez is not from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., as previously reported. He is from Phoenix.

The charge of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon has been removed as Dominguez is not a convicted felon. The warrant has been amended to reflect the following charges:

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

• No Firearm Owner’s Identification card; and

• Attempted murder.

The warrant will be served when Dominguez is released from the hospital.

Matt Lawrence
Matt Lawrence

The investigation into Dominguez’ background and the attempt to locate the second suspect, Matthew Lawrence, is ongoing. Anyone with information about Lawrence is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at (815) 319-6300 or Crime Stoppers (815) 963-7867.

The officer-involved shooting occurred around 10:46 p.m., Wednesday, March 26. Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies were at a home in reference to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 500 block of Vincent Avenue. 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 — Dominguez and Lawrence — 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, Dominguez, was pursued on foot by Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputy James Abate, and ran in a northwest direction. As Abate ran after Dominguez, he was able to see Dominguez had a handgun in his hand. At that time, Dominguez fired one round at Abate. Abate was just a short distance from the suspect, but was not hit and was uninjured. Abate returned multiple rounds and struck Dominguez in the legs and upper shoulder area. Dominguez was transported to a local hospital and was taken to surgery. He is under guard and expected to survive.

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

Posted March 31, 2014

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