Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:42 pm West 17th & Division Streets
Davenport Police Officers assigned to the Tactical Operations Bureau and NETS were working with the Quad Cities
Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) in a drug interdiction operation in the downtown area.
Officers observed a vehicle that was known to have eluded officers on at least one occasion. They began surveillance
on the vehicle and followed it to the area of 17th & Division Streets.
The suspect vehicle was stopped in traffic when officers, in an effort to minimize the suspect vehicle from fleeing,
blocked that vehicle with their police squad cars. Two officers, both in police uniforms, approached the vehicle at
which point the suspect rapidly backed up and rammed the police squad behind it. The suspect vehicle then drove
forward and rammed the rear end of the squad car in front of it forcing one of the officers to jump out of the way to
avoid being struck by the ramming vehicle. As this was happening the second officer fired his service weapon at the
ramming vehicle. The vehicle then fled the scene with other police units in pursuit. The suspect vehicle then rammed a
vehicle twice that was being driven by a 31 year old Davenport man as it was stopped for the traffic light at Five Points.
The driver of that car sustained minor injuries and transported to Genesis East for treatment.
The pursuit wound through the near northwest and west end and eventually onto Rockingham Road. At the intersection with
Chapel Hill Road, a Davenport Police squad initiated what is called a “Pit Maneuver” (Precision Immobilization Technique)
which forced the fleeing vehicle into the grassy median. The suspect vehicle ran over a road way sign and continued
westbound in the median and then attempted to enter the eastbound lanes while still westbound. The squad then struck the
vehicle again, causing it to spin around and stall.
Two subjects alighted from the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot but were quickly apprehended by assisting
police units. They both are being held for questioning.
Following policy, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department has been called in as an independent agency to conduct the
investigation into the incident. The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation was also notified and will monitor the
investigation and be available if needed by the Sheriff’s Department.
The officer involved, again following established policy, has been placed on “administrative duty” status until the
completion of the investigation.
A Davenport Police Officer did receive a minor arm injury requiring medical treatment during the foot pursuit of the
Further inquiries should be directed to the Scott County Sheriff’s Department; all information releases will originate
Nothing further at this time.
Captain David Struckman
Commander, Criminal Investigation Division