GALESBURG — A Gilson man is jailed after a recent shooting where he allegedly made threats that he would “commit another Fulton County incident, meaning he would kill any law enforcement official that tried to approach him on any warrants,” according to Knox County officials.
That was allegedly a threat made by Eric Rose to two victims during an incident last week in Gilson, according to Knox County Detective Greg Jennings. That was in reference to the shooting death of Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum just a day or two before the Gilson incident.
Jennings said deputies responded to a Gilson home last Thursday, June 27, for a domestic battery that occurred June 26.
That allegedly involved Eric P. Rose, 36, holding a gun to a woman’s head and battering her, which resulted in bruises. From there, Rose allegedly went with another person in that person’s vehicle to drive toward Dahinda.
During that trip, Rose allegedly discharged a firearm in the pickup truck near the intersection of Knox Road 1300 East and Knox Highway 17.
Rose is alleged to have “fired five rounds. The majority of them went through the window ... (Rose) allegedly got out of the truck and shot one through the windshield and one through the hood with the victim still being in the truck,” Jennings said.
In addition to the alleged threat to local law enforcement, Rose apparently told the victims that he would “kill anyone who talked to the cops,” Jennings said.
Rose was arrested Friday, June 28, in Galesburg at a salvage business where he apparently tried to sell one of the victim’s vehicles. That same victim reported that Rose had stolen his gun, which was used in the incident. In addition to this incident, Rose was arrested on three Knox County warrants.
A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle, which turned up at least one bullet fragment and casing. Rose was arrested with the loaded firearm on his person, Jennings said.
In all, Rose was charged with felony aggravated discharge of a firearm, felony counts of possessing a stolen firearm and stolen vehicle as well as felony aggravated battery, for an alleged pistol whip, and misdemeanor domestic battery.
Bond was set Monday at $50,000 needed to be released from custody and Rose was appointed a public defender. Rose would need to post an overall bond amount of $50,950 to get out of the Knox County jail.
Jennings said Wednesday that the incident remains under investigation.
Rose will return to court at 2 p.m. July 15 for a preliminary hearing.