Rockford shooting suspect arrested in Washington state
By Jim Hagerty
ROCKFORD – A Rockford man wanted in connection with a car-to-car shooting was taken into
custody in state of Washington Wednesday.
Christian Turner, 21, was arrested in Kent, Washington, after police acted on information provided by the Rockford Police Department’s Intel Unit. He’s charged in Winnebago County with aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of weapons by a gang member and no FOID.
Turner will remain in custody pending extradition back to Winnebago County.
Turner’s arrest comes after three ShotSpotter alerts on Sunday, April 21 — one in the 1100 block of West State Street, one in the 1000 block of Mulberry Street and one in the 200 block of Kilburn Avenue. While officers were investigating the alerts, officers learned 19-year-old-Montrese Harris suffered a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the head and was being treated at a local hospital.
Police later say Harris was wounded during an exchange of gunfire from inside his vehicle and another occupied by Turner and 21-year-old Elisha Ford. A 17-year-old female was inside Harris’ vehicle, police said.
Harris was arrested on charges of unlawful use of weapons by a gang member, obstructing justice, no FOID and driving on a revoked license. The juvenile was lodged in the Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of unlawful use of weapons by a gang member, no FOID and obstructing justice.
Ford, of Rockford, is wanted on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of weapons by a gang member and no FOID.
Anyone with information on Ford’s whereabouts should contact Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or leave an anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.