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Court: Cop's heroic response at pizza restaurant justified

An off-duty sheriff's deputy thwarted an armed robbery

By PoliceOne Staff

ROCKFORD, Ill. — An off-duty sheriff's deputy was justified when he fatally shot a suspect and injured three others during an attempted robbery at a pizza restaurant, a jury has ruled.

The Associated Press reported that the ruling came Thursday from the grand jury, Winnebago County prosecutor Joe Bruscato and Winnebago County Sheriff Dick Meyers.

Deputy Frank Pobjecky, 29, followed department policy when he heroically stepped in to thwart the robbery in early October. Pobjecky, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, joined the department 3 1/2 years ago. Pobjecky gained control of a handgun tucked into an employee's waistband and shot the four suspects.

Michael Sago of Rockford died at the scene, and the other three men shot have been indicted on counts of first-degree felony murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

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