Multiple felony charges have been announced for a man accused of killing police dog Rockford


Winnebago County State’s Attorney J. Hanley announced charges against Malik H. Trotter, the 28-year-old man arrested for shooting and killing Rockford police K-9 Nyx.

These charges include attempted first-degree murder (five counts), armed violence (two counts), aggravated discharge of a firearm (four counts), unlawful use of a weapon by a felon (two counts), murder of a police dog and robbery.

According to the Winnebago County Prosecutor’s Office and the Winnebago County Boone Integrity Task Force, Rockford Police Officer John Vargas and Nix were responding to a domestic situation involving Trotter on January 28 when Trotter fled.

Investigators believe Vargas and Nix ran after Trotter and that Trotter shot Nix during the chase. Vargas then shot Trotter in the leg.

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Attempted murder of a police officer in the first degree is a Class 10 felony punishable by 20 to 80 years in prison plus an additional 20 years for use of a firearm.

If a conviction or guilty plea is found, the five counts of attempted first-degree murder will run consecutively. Each charge is subject to truth in sentencing and will be enforced 85%.

Armed violence is a Class 10 felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

Aggravated shooting is a first-degree felony punishable by four to 15 years in prison. Any sentence given to the Department of Corrections for an aggravated shooting must be 85% fulfilled.

Robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, and killing police dogs are Class 3 felonies punishable by probation or two to five years in prison.

Chris Green is a general assignment reporter for the Rockford Register Star. He can be reached at 815-987-1241, via email at and on Twitter. @chrisfgreen.

This article originally appeared on the Rockford Register Star: Charges have been announced against the man arrested in the fatal shooting of a Rockford K-9

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