Man killed in Fort Madison officer-involved shooting

South of the Quad Cities, police say an officer shot and killed a man who displayed a knife.

According to the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI), it happened at 1:45 a.m. inside a home located in the 1500 block of Avenue E in Fort Madison, Iowa.

According to State Investigators, the Fort Madison Police Department received reports of a man – later identified as Ryan Swearingen, 27 – slashing car tires with a knife in the alley between the 1400 block of Avenue E and Avenue D.

They say when police responded to that area, they chased Swearingen to a home in the 1500 block of Ave E .

“Officers made entry into the home and were encountered by Swearingen.  Swearingen exited a closet and brandished a knife.  Swearingen was shot by an officer and was pronounced dead at the Fort Madison Community Hospital,” said a spokesperson from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Pursuant to Fort Madison Police Department policy, authorities say the officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Iowa DCI is taking over the case and investigating the incident.



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