Ryan Franklin, the 21-year old Davenport man shot by a police officer Thursday says he’s recovering from two gunshot wounds to the back.
“I’m still in pretty bad condition. I have two gunshot wounds, both to the back. Point-blank. One missed my heart and went up and clipped my collar bone. The second one was lower, by my ribs, on my right side. It clipped my lungs,” Franklin said in a telephone interview from his hospital room Monday morning.
“I actually have a hose in my ribs right now, so they can stop the bleeding in my lungs,” he said.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the use of deadly force. Preliminary reports indicate Franklin was a suspect in connection with early morning car and garage break-ins in the neighborhood near 15th Street and Warren.
Police say when officers got Franklin down to the ground to take him into custody, he got up and tried to run, and at some point they say, he tried to reach for a gun in his waistband.
Police also say there is squad car video of the suspect reaching for a gun.
Franklin admits trying to run from police, but denies attempting to pull a gun.
“I jumped up to run away. I didn’t have a gun. I didn’t reach for a gun,” he said.
The two officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the outside investigation.
Investigators say they hope to interview Franklin and the two policemen by mid-week.