ROCK FALLS, Ill (KWQC)- UPDATE 3-26-18: The Illinois State Police investigation into the January 26th, 2018 officer-involved shooting in Rock Falls has been presented to the Whiteside County State’s Attorney. The report contains dash cam video from two squad cars at the scene and another that arrived moments after the shooting. Numerous witness statements were collected from the neighborhood as well as voluntary statements from the officer and four witness officers. The report also includes the autopsy report, toxicology, and laboratory analysis of the service weapon and fired evidence.
The Illinois State Police will not release any additional information until the State’s Attorney has completed his review and findings.
UPDATE 1-29-18: The Whiteside Co. coroner has released the name of the driver killed in an officer-involved shooting Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. 43-year-old Nathaniel Edwards died from a gunshot wound. Officials are still waiting for lab and toxicology reports after an autopsy was conducted Monday, Jan. 29, 2018.
Rock Falls Police Chief Tammy Nelson is releasing more information regarding an officer-involved shooting Friday Night.
She says the shooting happened after a lengthy pursuit, the driver then decided to park in a driveway in the 1300 block of Franklin Street.
Officers then approached the driver on foot and began giving commands to him, the driver then put the car in reverse toward an officer.
A family friend, of the man who was fatally shot, Debra Yarbrough, was just a few yards away from the shooting.
"Why did they do that to him, you know," said Yarbrough, "The there was two more shots, I opened the door back up and he was still in that same position."
The press release then says the officer fired at the driver. Immediately after that, Rock Falls Officers and Whiteside County Deputies started CPR and applied AED on the man until EMS arrived.
She says in the release "I have faith that the Illinois State Police will conduct a thorough complete review of the events that night and I ask that the public reserve judgment and let the facts speak for themselves."
She then added:
Rock Falls is a strong loving community and I will not sit silent and allow misinformation to drive a wedge between our Police Department and our citizens.
I will comply with the Illinois Police and Community Relations Improvement Act and provide all the details of this significant incident once the investigation is complete and the Whiteside County States Attorney has completed his review and findings.