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Two police officers were involved in a shooting on the west side of Davenport, Iowa.

The shooting happened around 8 a.m. Thursday, October 10, 2013 in an alley in the 900 block of West 16th Street.

Initial reports indicated a Davenport police officer shot one person, who was then taken by ambulance to an area hospital.  Police were sent to that area after receiving a report of a suspicious person, possibly prowling in vehicles and garages, in the area.

A spokesman for Davenport Police later said a car owner found a stranger sleeping in their vehicle.  When police questioned the suspect and searched him, they said he had a gun in the waistband of his pants.  One officer said, “Gun,” to make the other aware of the weapon.

The spokesman said as he was being searched, the man “broke free, began running to the north while reaching for the gun.”

That’s when police shot at the man.  Initial information from the police spokesman indicated three to four shots were fired.  It was unclear how many of the shots hit the man and where he was possibly injured.  He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

An officer was also taken to a hospital to be examined, because he reportedly had blood on him.  Police said the suspect did not fire any shots.

Two officers involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy.  They are Officer Michael Jacobsen, a 33-year veteran of the department and Officer Thomas Runge, who has been with the Davenport Police Department for four years.

Scene of Davenport Police shooting investigation 10-10-13 (WQAD Photo)

Scene of Davenport Police shooting investigation 10-10-13 (WQAD Photo)

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