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Rockford Police release name of officer involved in shooting

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Rockford Police Department has named the officer involved in a shooting Friday.

Police say Officer Dominick McNiece shot five times at a suspect authorities say was involved in a police chase. He has been with the Rockford Police Department since April 2013.

Tyris Jones was shot once in the arm and twice in the back. He is in critical condition.

Authorities say at 5:40 p.m. on Friday, Rockford Police attempted to make a traffic stop after spotting a vehicle they had under investigation, and a man wanted on multiple warrants. As the suspect fled, authorities say Jones approached another motorist with what appeared to be a weapon, which is when Officer McNiece opened fire. Authorities say no weapon was recovered on the scene.

The release of the officer's name comes after a weekend of protesters calling for more transparency by police and the release of the officer's name.

A spokesperson from Rockford Police say they have released the names of officers in shooting incidents in the past.

As recently as 2019, Rockford Police Commander Carla Redd was named when she and her husband shot at two people while she was off-duty.

Redd fired her department-issued gun at the occupants as they drove in to her car at a high rate of speed, according to the state's attorney's office.

Redd was cleared of her use of deadly force, and no charges were filed against her husband.

The Winnebago Boone County Integrity Task Force was activated to investigate Friday's incident.

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Audrey Moon

Audrey is the news director at 13 WREX. She’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and joined the team at 13 WREX in 2014.

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