ROCKFORD, Ill. March 15 2017 The security guard behind the deadly shot that killed a bank robber inside Alpine Bank in January will not face criminal charges. That guard is now being called a hero.
"There is no doubt in my mind the actions of Brian Harrison saved the lives of those that were employees in the Alpine Bank location on that date and saved his own life," Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato, said.
It took just seconds :From a quiet day inside Alpine Bank on N. Mulford to a masked gunman creating chaos. Surveillance video shows Laurence Turner coming in, shooting once into the ceiling, then at Metro Enforcement security officer Brian Harrison. Harrison is a former Winnebago County deputy who jumped into action.
"They are taught generally to shoot center mass in the body. This is a very dynamic, fluid situation and he's doing what he was trained for 30 years to do and it was eliminate and take care of the threat," Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said.
Turner, who police say was on drugs at the time was shot twice and died at the scene. The Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office says Harrison's actions were justified.
Officers also linked Turner to three other armed robberies in November and December of 2016 at Mincemoyer Jewelers, Harvard State Bank, and Members Alliance Credit Union.
"Those cause greater concern, someone who's willing to fire a weapon rather than just carry it are always a little more important to us," Chief O'Shea said.