Hard Rock Casino shooting – According to Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley, the man injured in an officer-involved shooting at Rockford’s Hard Rock Casino on Saturday on Tuesday has been identified as Bradley James Thompkins. Authorities say the 51-year-old was shot by three officers on Saturday after allegedly pointing a weapon at them in the parking lot of the temporary Rockford casino. Thompkins was transported to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
Hanley announced to the public shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday during a news conference on the third floor of the Winnebago County courthouse. He claims the Winnebago-Boone Integrity Task Force is in charge of the investigation. According to Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana, the incident involved an armed man engaging with an off-duty sheriff’s deputy working at the casino. Caruana stated that when the suspect pointed his weapon at the deputy and another Rockford police officer, they shot him. Rockford Police Chief Carla Redd confirmed that her department received a call for assistance at the casino around 8:30 p.m. The following day, Hard Rock announced that the casino was open and fully operational.
**Man shot by police at Rockford Casino**
On Tuesday, additional information regarding the incident that took place at the Hard Rock Casino in Rockford over the weekend became public. J. Hanley, the state’s attorney for Winnebago County, stated that his office is assisting the Winnebago Boone Integrity Task Force, which is looking into the killing of Bradley James Thompkins, who is 51 years old.
After allegedly pointing a gun at the law enforcement officers in the parking lot, Thompkins was shot and killed by two officers from the Rockford Police Department and an off-duty deputy from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. Dion Embrey and Jordan Black were the two Rockford police officers who were involved. Giorgi Arbisi has been determined to be the deputy in question. At the time of the shooting, an off-duty deputy was working security at the casino, but he did not fire his pistol in response to the incident.
According to Hanley, the event took place at approximately 8:30 p.m., when the Rockford Police Department received a 911 call reporting a guy with a pistol outside of the casino. Hanley stated that when cops arrived, they saw Thompkins with a gun to his head at the entry doors. They also saw that Thompkins was in the area.
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