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Rockford murder suspect in custody after pursuit in Beloit

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BELOIT (WKOW) -- A double murder suspect is in custody tonight after being on the run since Monday.

36 year-old Terrence Doddy is accused of killing a co-worker in Rockford on Monday and killing a woman at a rest stop near Paw Paw, Illinois on Tuesday.

Police spotted Doddy's stolen 2013 Nissan Altima Friday morning in a wooded area behind a bar in Rockton, Illinois.

Before back-up could arrive, Doddy took off and was next spotted in South Beloit.

A high speed chase, topping speeds of 100 miles per hour, ensued before doddy crashed his vehicle into a tree on Highway 81 in the Town of Beloit.  

The crunch of metal coming from his car flying through a ditch startled homeowner Jennifer Gonfiantini who was working in her garage at the time.

"It went over the tree and the fence over there and then it hit our pine tree which stopped it thank goodness," said Gonfiantini.  "I was debating whether or not to get out of the way 'cause it would've come right toward our garage had the tree not stopped it."

Thinking it was an accident, Gonfiantini instructed her daughter to call 911.

"Then I saw all the cop cars come and there were cops with guns drawn.  So, then I knew something was going on," said Gonfiantini.  "So we just stood back and they pulled the guy out of the car and apparently then they tased him so he was flat on the ground."

Law enforcement is just happy to bring the nearly week long search for Doddy to an end.

"So at this point he is in custody.  The public can be safe and aware that law enforcement did their job," said Lt. Pat Hoey of the Rockford Police Department.  "I want to commend the state trooper that engaged in the pursuit and stayed with him the whole time."

"It is reassuring to hear he's been caught and I hope that helps the victims' families find some peace," said Gonfiantini.

Doddy is recovering from his crash injuries at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, but he will eventually be transported to the Rock County Jail to await extradition back to Rockford.

BELOIT (WKOW) -- 37-year old Terence Doddy is in custody on the first degree murder warrant obtained by the Rockford Police Department.

The stolen gray 2013 Nissan Altima he was driving was observed by a Rockton police officer around 10:15 a.m. Friday morning.

The vehicle was hidden in a wooded area behind a building and as the officer was waiting for back-up the Nissan fled the area.

A short time later, Doddy was spotted in the South Beloit, Illinois area by an Illinois State trooper and the suspect fled again, and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit went into Wisconsin, returned back to Illinois and then back again into Wisconsin.

The Beloit Police Department and Rock County Sheriff's deputies assisted in the pursuit as well, which topped speeds of 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit ended on Highway 81 in Rock County when the suspect lost control and hit a tree.

After a short struggle with officers, Doddy was taken into custody and was taken to a Janesville hospital for treatment.

When released, Doddy will be taken to the Rock County Jail and will be held on the Rockford Police warrant for first degree murder, pending extradition.


BELOIT (WKOW) -- Rock County officials say they have the man suspected of murdering a man and a woman in Illinois.

 Rock County officials tell 27 News they have 36-year-old Terrence Doddy in custody after a high-speed chase near Beloit Friday morning.

Doddy is a suspect in the murders of 44-year-old Tonya Bergman and 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier. Hansmeier was found dead on Monday morning at a business in Rockford and Bergman was found at a rest stop on Tuesday.

27 News is following this developing story. Stay with for the latest.

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