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Press Release-Officer Schuster Justified


Date: Friday, August 4, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

August 3rd, 2017

     Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office has completed a review of the Winnebago-Boone County Integrity Task Force investigation into an April, 2017 shooting involving a Rockford Police Officer.  It’s been determined the officer’s use of force was justified. 

     On April 8th, 2017, Rockford Police Officer Benjamin Schuster was called to 6380 E. State Street to investigate a possible burglary to a motor vehicle.  While on scene, Officer Schuster was apprised of a retail theft that had just occurred at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Officer Schuster approached Eboney Adams in an attempt to investigate the retail theft.  Adams refused to comply with Officer Schuster’s instructions and refused to exit her vehicle. While Officer Schuster was speaking with her and standing between the driver’s door and driver’s seat, Adams put her vehicle in reverse and attempted to run over Officer Schuster.  Officer Schuster fired six shots at Adams’ vehicle.  She drove away from the scene, hitting another vehicle that was in the parking lot at the time of the incident.  Officer Schuster got back into his squad car and located Adams on Trainer Road.  Adams was taken to the hospital and treated for a gunshot wound to her upper left arm. Officer Schuster was also taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.

     Adams faces Aggravated Battery, Resisting a Peace Officer, Retail Theft, Driving on Suspended License, and Criminal Damage to Property charges. She is scheduled to be in court August 21st, 2017 at 9am in front of the Honorable Judge Fernando Engelsma in Courtroom A.

     Aggravated Battery is a Class 2 Felony that is punishable by a term of 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

     Resisting a Peace Officer is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 1- 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

     Retail Theft is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

     Driving While Driver’s License is Suspended is a Class A Misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a year in the Winnebago County Jail or probation.

     Criminal Damage to Property is a Class A Misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a year in the Winnebago County Jail or probation.

     These charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

CONTACT PERSON:

Chief of Criminal Marilyn Hite Ross

815-319-4700

 



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