Man arrested after ax incident

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

A man was shot with a non-lethal bean-bag round after police say he was smashing his neighbor’s property with an ax Friday morning in the 2800 block of Highcrest Road.

Eric Fasnacht, 46, has been charged with felony damage to property, felony damage to a vehicle and aggravated assault. Police were called to the scene for a report that a man was breaking windows and damaging a car with an ax. Officers ordered him to drop the ax, but Fasnacht refused, police said. At one point, police say the suspect raised the ax and shouted for police to shoot him. He was then shot with a bean-bag round and taken into custody.

Fasnacht was transported to SwedishAmerican Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. He is expected to be booked into the Winnebago County Jail later today.

3 thoughts on “Man arrested after ax incident

  • Sep 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    WOW!! I live on the far east side of Rockford and am wondering why this guy was shot with a nonlethal bean bag round. If this would have been a man of color, he would have been killed, right? Just wondering why this guy got special treatment…..and I am caucasian!

    • Sep 30, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      and where’s his mugshot? I wanted to see it. Most times this site has them platered up with the article. What happened RRT?

    • Oct 15, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Rockford Police are not Ferguson police. They used necessary- not lethal- force. Why not thank the Rockford Police and wonder why the police around the country cannot live up to their standards?

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