ROCKFORD - Many questions are
still unanswered surrounding a police involved shooting on
Neighbors say the
ensued after police say they received a distress call to a residence on
"A foot chase
ensued," said Chief Chet Epperson of Rockford Police. "The suspect that we were looking for pulled
out a handgun and he was apprehended by
In an impromptu news conference about two hours after the incident occurred, Epperson continued to say that there were three officers involved in the shooting. They did not answer questions as to how many shots were fired and whether all three that are supposedly involved actually fired their weapon.
The unanswered questions leaves community members wondering why police shot a man which family members say was just a threat to himself.
"When everything comes out in the wash and we're able to hear these 911 tapes, that's going to really tell the story as to what took place and what was going on in the minds of our law enforcement officers when they engaged this young man," said Lloyd Johnston, president of the Rockford chapter of the NAACP.
Police say they're committed to making sure proper protocol was followed during Thursday's situation. They say they're handing the investigation over to the proper authorities.
"Due to this being
involved with the
"The investigation will be turned over to the Integrity Task Force for an investigation."
Family friends say the suspect had mental issues and may have had autism. WTVO has attained the name of the suspect, but police are not releasing that information at this time. Police are set to hold a news conference Friday to release more information.