Police pursuit, crash causes Jeff Street bridge closure

DOWNTOWN — A vehicle that was being pursued by Rockford Police blew through the intersection of Jefferson and Wyman streets and crashed into a second car, sending it careening into the SupplyCore building, Monday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses said a white SUV with three occupants was being chased by police when it crashed into a black SUV at the corner, causing the second car to crash into the building. Witnesses said police approached the white SUV with their weapons drawn.

A man police say was wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in February is now in custody.

According to police, an officer recognized 24-year-old Shawnqual Layne, of Rockford, and attempted to stop a vehicle he was in near Crosby and Longwood streets. Instead of stopping, Layne allegedly led officers on a high-speed chase into downtown.

Layne was wanted in the Feb. 15 shooting that left 20-year-old Brandon Taylor, of Rockford, dead.

EMS and Rockford Fire extracted a woman from the black SUV who was taken away in an ambulance. She, along with Layne and two others, sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The 200 block of Jefferson and the Jefferson Street bridge were closed to traffic as the investigation continued. R.

This story has been updated. A previous version of this story misidentified the occupants of the two SUVs.

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