DCI investigates Fort Madison officer-involved shooting
Sun, 03 Aug 2014 20:53:11 GMT —
Iowa's Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating an overnight shooting that involved a Ft. Madison police officer early Sunday morning.
According to a news release, the Ft. Madison Police Department received a report at 1:45 a.m. about a person in the 1400 block of Avenue E.
Reports indicated that Ryan J. Swearingen, 27, was slashing tires with a knife on multiple vehicles parked in the alley between the 1400 block of Avenues E and D.
Police responded to the area and found Swearingen, who they say led police on a foot chase to 1527 Avenue E.
Officers say they entered the home and found Swearingen brandishing a knife.
According to the news release, a Ft. Madison police officer shot Swearingen.
He was pronounced dead at the Fort Madison Community Hospital.
"I think they could have done something differently," Ft. Madison resident Tiffany Snider said. "I mean, they could have used a Taser or something."
The Division of Criminal Investigation has been requested to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation.
An autopsy will be conducted by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa.
Ryan Swearingen had a history of brush-ins with the law.
He appears in Iowa's court records more than 20 times.
In the past, he's been accused of marijuana possession, curfew violations, escape or absence of custody, past-due court fines, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, theft, child support delinquency and traffic tickets.
The officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The name of the officer involved is not being released at this time.