UPDATE: Names Released After Deadly Shooting In Rock Falls

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UPDATE as of 3:03pm, Sunday, January 5th: The names have been released of the two people who died after a shooting in Rock Falls, Illinois on Saturday, January 4th.

According to a press release from the Rock Falls Police Department, the male shooter who died of a self-inflicted gunshot has been identified as 40-year-old Leonard Frank Harris, Jr. of Sterling.

Police say the name of the male victim in front of Lambs Tap is 34-year-old Fredrick A. Michels of Rock Falls.

The case remains under investigation.

EARLIER STORY: One man died and two were injured after reportedly being shot in Rock Falls, Illinois.

According to the Rock Falls Police Department around 12:45 a.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014 police were called to the 200 block of West 2nd Street for shots being fired in front of Lambs Tap.

Police said officers found a Rock Falls man in his thirties dead at the scene. He had “been shot more than once and was unresponsive."  Two other injured men from Sterling were also found on the sidewalk in the 200 block of West 19th Street. Police said the injured men, ages 37 and 22 had also “been shot but appeared to have received non-life threatening injuries.”

Police received information that indicated the suspect was a 40-year-old man from Sterling who had reportedly left the scene on foot. Sterling officers helping with the investigation reportedly spotted the man walking from Rock Falls into Sterling via the 1st Ave. Bridge. A chase on foot ended at the suspect’s 6th Ave. residence.

Officers said they heard a shot fired and the Whiteside County Tactical Response team was called. Witnesses say several flashbangs were thrown by police. Police then entered the suspect's detached garage where they found him dead from a self-inflictined gunshot wound.

The two injured victims were reportedly taken to area hospitals for treatment.


  • Joe Smith

    Pretty sad story! Those who know me better have heard plenty about my “hometown” they out there grimy not giving a f*** bout nobody, BUT TO ALL MY HOMIES I always got your back, on everything I love. Yeah and to my haters who like to think …See More

  • Joe Smith

    Even the quad cities news team knows about how crooked Illinois police are especially the ones in Whiteside County. Some one get Ron Bergundy. They quoted this because they know what is “reported” by the PD is far but truth. Quote from channel 8 news webpage “He reportedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

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