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Officer involved in 2009 fatal shooting runs for Boone County Sheriff

One of the police officers involved in the high-profile 2009 shooting of Mark Anthony Barmore...
One of the police officers involved in the high-profile 2009 shooting of Mark Anthony Barmore in Rockford is running for Boone County Sheriff.(WIFR)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 1:25 PM CDT
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BOONE COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - A police officer previously involved in the 2009 shooting of Mark Anthony Barmore in Rockford announces his candidacy for Boone County Sheriff.

Oda Poole announced this week he is running for sheriff after current sheriff Dave Ernest announced his retirement following the completion of his term in 2022. Poole was one of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Mark Barmore in August 2009. He and Stan North, another police officer pursued Barmore to the basement of the Kingdom Authority Church and that’s when a fight between Barmore and Poole started.

Rockford Police Officer Oda Poole was put on paid administrative leave in August 2009 after a physical struggle with Mark Barmore led to the fatal shooting. Officer Poole was fired from the Rockford Police Department in July 2011 when the city alleged that he was unfit for duty.

In December 2017, the City of Rockford arrived at a settlement with Poole. The city has agreed to pay Poole $700,000 in worker’s compensation to be paid to Poole over four years. As part of the deal, Officer Poole will retire from the Rockford Police Department in good standing.

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