61-year-old was man fatally shot in confrontation with Davenport Police

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The identities were released of the Davenport man, and two officers, involved in a confrontation that ended with the man being shot by police.

Officers were sent to a report of a man threatening someone with a knife at a home in the 600 block of West 9th Street just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

When officers confronted the suspect, who was armed with a knife, he “failed to comply to verbal commands to stop, came at the police officers and, consequently, both officers discharged their duty weapons,” said a statement from Assistant Police Chief Donald Schaeffer.

The man, later identified as 61-year-old Alvin Curtis Jennings, died of his injuries. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday, August 15 in Iowa City.

The two officers involved were identified as Epigmenio Canas, an 11-year veteran of the Davenport Police Department, and Shawn Sullivan, a six-year veteran of the department.

In keeping with department policy, the officers were placed on administrative leave.

1 Comment

  • Terry

    It is way past time, for all law enforcement agencies, to train their officers to shoot to stop, not shoot to kill – there are areas on a person that will make them stop in their tracks and become passive for arrest and not kill them – it would only take one shot not a clip full

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