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Rockford residents arrested on gun charges

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD — Two Rockford residents are charged with weapons offenses after police responded to a shots-fired incident Saturday on the city’s northwest side.

Police say at around 5:30 a.m., officers were called to the 900 block of North Rockton Avenue and met with a woman who claimed someone shot at her then fled into a house.

During the initial investigation, witnesses who told officers other subjects were in the house with the shooting suspect. Members of the Rockford Police Department Negotiations Unit and SWAT Team were called and surrounded the property.

At 10:15 a.m. the shooting suspect, 31-year-old Dominique Patterson, came to the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center and requested to talk to the police. Officers remained on the scene.

At around 11:30 a.m., another subject, Larry F. Gary, 44, came out of the house and was detained.

Police recovered a gun and ammunition from inside the house and another firearm from a nearby yard. Both guns were reported stolen.

Gary has been charged as an armed habitual offender with two counts of possession of a stolen firearm and a single count of unlawful use of weapons by a felon.

Patterson has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. Both suspects are being held without bond in the Winnebago County Jail. R.



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