Rockford Illinois Police Department released video footage of a Bank Security Guard Involved in Robber Fatal Shooting, Winnebago County State’s Attorney announces it was Justified.
Information shared in a press conference earlier today from the Rockford Police Department and Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office.
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that the Metro Security Guard involved in a fatal shooting at the Alpine Bank location on North Mulford Road January 20th, 2017, has been cleared. An investigation into the guard’s use of deadly force shows that he was justified when he Fatally Shot armed robbery suspect Laurence R. Turner (D.O.B. 7/31/1982).
Rockford Police responded to a call for an armed robbery at the Alpine Bank around 4pm on January 20th, 2017. Security footage shows Laurence R. Turner went inside the business armed with a gun and wearing a mask. He fired a shot into the air, then pointed his gun and fired at the Metro Security Guard who was on duty at the time. The guard returned fire and hit Turner, subsequently resulting in Turner’s death. The incident was investigated by the Rockford Police Department and reviewed by the State’s Attorney’s Office and it was determined that the use of deadly force was justified.
THC and opiates found in Turner's system during autopsy, Police said.
Turner's family was helpful and cooperative throughout the investigation. They were not complicit in his crimes, Police said
Turner linked to other armed robbery incidents including Mincemoyer Jewelry, Member's Alliance Credit Union, and Harvard State Bank, Police said.