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Police release names of four involved in Saturday shootings

One released, another still in Rockford hospital

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 9:50 a.m. CST • Updated: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 9:19 p.m. CST
(Philip Marruffo/
One man was killed and two others injured early Saturday morning in shootings at Lamb's Tap in Rock Falls. The suspect, a Sterling man, then fled to his home and shot and killed himself, Rock Falls Police said in a news release.

ROCK FALLS – Police have released the names of the four people involved in shootings in front of Lamb's Tap early Saturday morning.

At 12:41 a.m., Rock Falls Police received a 911 call from the bar at 215 W. Second St. saying that shots had been fired near the bar. When police arrived, Fredrick A. Michels, 34, of Rock Falls, was found dead on the sidewalk in front of the bar. Michels had been shot multiple times.

Two Sterling men, Jason Chapman, 37, and David Adams, 22, were also shot and found on the sidewalk in the 200 block of West Second Street. Both were taken to CGH Medical Center, police said. Chapman was later taken to St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where he remained Sunday, after leaving the intensive care unit. Adams was released from CGH.

The suspect in the shootings, Leonard "Frank" Harris Jr., 40, of Sterling, fled the scene, police said.

Sterling Police saw Harris walking north across the First Avenue Bridge into Sterling, and they pursued him on foot. Harris then went into his house in the 300 block of Sixth Avenue. Shortly after, police said they heard a gunshot. Whiteside County Tactical Response team members entered the house and Harris was found dead in his garage from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Autopsies were done at CGH Medical Center on Saturday morning, police said. No time frame was given for when the autopsy results might be in.

The case remains under investigation and police would not disclose any further details on Sunday.

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