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Off-duty deputy shoots 4, kills 1 during robbery

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Winnebago County Sheriff's officials say an off-duty deputy shot and killed a 16-year-old and critically injured three others during a Rockford pizzeria robbery.

Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers says the deputy involved in the Saturday night shootings was a 29-year-old U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq. Meyers did not immediately identify the deputy, who was put on paid administrative leave.

Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson says the deputy was talking with a friend at the restaurant when the suspects entered the business. 1 of the suspects pointed a handgun at the deputy and his friend. A struggle ensued and the deputy used an employee's handgun to shoot the suspects.

The 16-year-old died at the scene. Epperson says the other three suspects are being treated for life-threatening injuries.

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