17-year-old charged in Rock Falls shooting

Two adult felons also arrested on unrelated charges, police chief says

Blake A. Keane in February 2023

ROCK FALLS – A 17-year-old boy wanted in connection with a shooting in which a woman was wounded in the leg was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop.

The shooting happened about 11 p.m. Feb. 2 in the 200 block of Hudson Drive in Rock Falls. The boy is not being identified because of his age.

He was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and taken to the Kane County Juvenile Detention Center to await a detention hearing, police Chief Dave Pilgrim said in a news release.

Blake A. Keane, 21, and Ethan A. Fuller, 19, both of Sterling and both on probation, also were arrested in the stop, which happened about 1 p.m. in the 600 block of West Seventh Street.

Ethan A. Fuller in February 2024

Their charges are not related to the shooting, Pilgrim said later.

A search of the vehicle turned up a firearm and ammunition in the passenger compartment, according to the release.

Keane is charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, while Fuller had outstanding warrants in Whiteside, Bureau and Lee counties, according to the release.

Keane was charged Sept. 28, 2022, in Lee County court with threatening to kill two Reagan Middle School students over social media.

The threats, made Aug. 25, 2022, prompted a lockdown at Reagan and Madison Elementary School.

He was sentenced July 20 to two and a half years of probation for harassment through electronic communication, for which he could have received one to four years in prison.

One count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct was dismissed per a plea agreement.

On Nov. 10, 2022, Keane was sentenced in Whiteside County court to 18 months in prison for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, for which he also could have gotten one to four years.

A second felony count and three misdemeanor counts – two of possession of ammunition without a firearm owner’s identification card and one of possession of cannabis – were dismissed per a plea agreement.

Although the release did not detail the warrants for which Fuller was wanted, he was charged March 28, 2023, in Whiteside County court with criminal trespass to a residence and criminal damage to property, both felonies, and misdemeanor theft.

In another case, he was charged Sept. 11 with obstructing identification and consumption of liquor by a minor, both misdemeanors.

He failed to appear at his hearing Oct. 18 in the felony case, and a warrant for his arrest was issued, court records show.

Fuller also was charged June 29 in Lee County with two counts of possession of an expired FOID card, for which he was ineligible.

He pleaded guilty Aug. 10 to an added charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and was sentenced to two years of probation. The first two charges were dismissed per a plea agreement.

A petition to revoke that sentence was filed Dec. 14, court records show.

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Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.