State Police investigate officer-involved shooting in Freeport

Online Staff Report

FREEPORT, Ill. — Illinois State Police (ISP) Zone 2 investigators are investigating a shooting involving Freeport Police and an armed subject at a residence in the 600 block of W. Elk St., in Freeport, Ill.

Preliminary investigative details revealed that on Tuesday, April 8, at approximately 4:50 p.m., officers from the Freeport Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the 600 block of W. Elk St. At the scene, Freeport officers discovered a female, since identified as Melissa Nickel, 31, of Freeport, lying unconscious with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

The armed suspect was believed to be inside the West Elk residence, and officers proceeded to negotiate a surrender with the suspect through a window. The suspect was uncooperative and attempted to exit the residence and flee the scene displaying a firearm.

Freeport police shot the suspect, who was subsequently taken into custody and transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The female victim, Nickel, was transported to Rockford Memorial Hospital in critical condition. She died at 6:44 p.m., Wednesday, April 9.

It was later revealed that the victim and suspect were known acquaintances and lived at the same location.

The Freeport Police Department has requested the Illinois State Police, Zone 2 Investigations and ISP Crime Scene Services to handle the shooting incident involving the female victim and suspect and the investigation into the use of deadly force by Freeport police. The Stephenson County State’s Attorney Office is also assisting in the investigation.

The Illinois State Police is asking anyone with information to contact the Illinois State Police, Zone 2 Investigations (Sgt. Sam Thomas) at (815) 987-7440.

Posted April 10, 2014

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