An investigation by Axios reveals that Rockford’s first police officer shot and fatally shot an unarmed Black man on the job in 2016.
Rockford police said in a statement Monday that the officer shot a 22-year-old man after he pointed a gun at them in response to their attempts to stop him from throwing rocks at officers.
The officer, who is black, was not identified in the release.
The Rockford Police Department released a statement in 2017 saying it was investigating the incident, but did not provide additional details.
The officer was on administrative leave at the time of the shooting.
The Rockford News reported at the end of May that the Rockfords first officer, Daniel Peralta, was terminated after the incident.
A Rockford grand jury cleared him of wrongdoing in November 2017.
Rockfords Police Chief Eric Merten issued a statement to the News in June saying Peralt was terminated for failing to meet his duties.
He also said the department would continue to investigate the incident and will take action as needed.