A man was shot and killed late Wednesday by police officers during an incident in central Davenport.

Davenport police officers were dispatched about 10:30 p.m. to 602 W. 9th St. after a report of a person threatening another with a knife.

Update: 'They shot a disabled man,' neighbor says of fatal shooting

Prior to the officers arriving, they were advised that the caller had barricaded himself in his bedroom, and the man with the knife was beating on the bedroom door.

Upon arrival, officers were able to make entry into the house and were immediately confronted by the man with the knife. The man failed to comply to verbal commands to stop, came at the police officers, and both officers fired their weapons.

The individual was given medical treatment at the scene and then transported to Genesis East Medical Center where he later died as a result of injuries sustained in the shooting.

The names of the two police officers involved in the incident as well as the person who died are not being released at this time.

Both police officers have been placed on administrative leave as directed by Department policy.

As a Davenport Police Department protocol, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Investigation, were notified and will investigate the incident.

(72) comments

LNorman

mendelmen--- The guy had a mentel problem something like
yours but not quit as bad

Tdogg

I'm sure the kid in St. Louis did absolutely nothing wrong either...Give me a break......

JerkStores

@Livinfree - I agree. Police should be trained to shoot the trigger finger off of a gunman. Shoot the blade off of a knife. Shoot the fuse off a bomb. Shoot teeth out of a wild dogs mouth. Shoot the bottle out of a underage drinkers hand. All while under extreme stress. C'mon that's not too much to ask.

Arc Angel

Gulba sez CRIME IS DOWN!

Tdogg

Gluba is a politician who can't hold a real job!!!

mendelmen

Livingfree76- I thought I would never read idiocy that exceeded that of arnold Norman or iowalittledog. You have proven me wrong, well played.

geoff
geoff

God Have Mercy......

Tdogg

Maybe the guy should have thought twice about beating on a door with a knife....Did he not think something bad would happen???

guicebrady

I feel that the police acted in that MOMENT! ...Justified, in my opinion.

RiverRat

For all those that say they should have used a non lethal alternative. The article is sorely lacking in small details that make a big difference. Exactly how close was he when he turned and came at the officers. Sure in a wide open space, with plenty of time to think and react, the option for non lethal force might have been an option. But in a small room or apartment, the officer simply wouldnt have had neither the time or space to deploy the non lethal force. End of the day the officer only wants to return home alive. You would be surprised on how quick an attacker can close to within range to do serious damage with a knife. This comes from personal experience that cost me two weeks in the icu because of a knife attack.

LivinFree76

Well if space is a problem, then the police must be required to put in a lot more hours at the range, have you ever heard of a non-lethal gun shot? Say to the hand where he is holding the knife, a leg, a foot, a knee cap, shoulder, forearm, etc? Yes bullets can travel through one body part to the next, but Cops try for kill shots each time. There needs to be a wide open, transparent, investigation with all facts being shown to the public in this and every event they discharge a firearm. Knife attacks have a limited danger and anyone with field experience will tell you the same thing.

Sherman

You have been watching way too much tv Free...... Do you know how difficult it is to try and hit the smallest part of the body in an attempt to disarm a suspect.... hat sort of cr@p only happens in Hollywood.

And, anyone with any field experience will tell you that if a suspect is armed with a knife, and gets to within a 10 foot zone around you, that person will get to you and stab/slash/cut you before you can shoot him, even if your weapon is out, cocked and ready to fire.

Don't believe me... check it out... there are plenty of sites that will confirm that theory.

Tdogg

Classic Democrat!!!

Fatchance

More ignorance from LivinFree76. Cops are NEVER taught to shoot in the arm or leg. They are ALWAYS taught to shoot center-mass which is in the middle of the chest. If the suspect elevates to deadly force, the cop does too. And attacking with a knife IS deadly force. When you shoot, you shoot to end life-threatening behavior, but you only have a spit second to get your shot off. Things don't go into slow-motion like in the movies. If the shot kills, it kills and the suspect shouldn't have made it a deadly force issue. If it doesn't kill but stops the problem, even better, but unlikely. That's the way it is with deadly force. And please stop talking about field experience because its obvious you have zero.

KristophSchneider
KristophSchneider

Approximately 1,800 murders per year by stabbing. There are nearly 20,000 families in the past ten years who might disagree with your uninformed characterization of knife attacks having "limited" danger . . . unless you consider dying as "limited"

arrietta
arrietta

One thing that people are not considering is that if Alvin had heart problems then a tazer would have killed him as sure as a bullet. Another thing to consider is that there is more to this story than just Aubrey, who is a black belt, calling the cops to assist in Alvin attacking him. The knife was probably dirty and rusty, knowing that household, and Alvin is not a harmless person as some people have tried to portray him.

justanopinion

There are those commenting that the police officers should have used pepper spray or a tazer. Pepper spray and tazer are fine for subdueing an unarmed person who is out of control or assaulting another person. In this case, the suspect KNEW that TWO officers had drawn guns pointed at him and yet he CHOSE to make an aggressive move toward them. What did he expect them to do? My thoughts are with the families of all involved, but especially the police who find themselves in these types of situations.

Savannah67

I just want to say a couple things here...First and foremost, none of us were there when this took place, so we don't know exactly what manifested to the shooting. I do know that if I was armed with a pistol and someone lunged a me with a knife, they would be breathing their last breath at that second. As far as using pepper spray and or a taser...let me add a quote from the Centennial Bridge shooting incident, "The officer deployed his Taser, which appeared to have no effect on the suspect because one of the two prongs missed him and the electrical connection was not completed"...Now, you have a split second to fire that taser off and if you miss with the prongs, you are going aggravate the perpetrator even more thus having a more serious issue. Those officers did what they were trained to do and above all they went home after their shift. I also want to say that it doesn't matter if this person was black, white, purple or green, he broke the law, he went after an officer with a knife in an aggressive manner, which in turn, cost him his life....I'm sorry this had to happen to the officers and I am sorry it happened to the victim. All of this could have been prevented had he dropped the knife, KNOWING, officers had their weapons drawn ready to fire. I give a big thank you to DPD for doing what they do, and protecting the community, thank all of you for your service!

HMMMMM

Before you all jump on the PO PO, lets hear from the victim whose life was in danger of being taken by a lunatic with a knife. I am sure he is on his knees thanking the DPD for saving his life. Lets flip to the story to the police not arriving in time and the victim dying. Would we now hear how incompetant the DPD is and how they do not meet the needs of this area of Davenport and failed to properly respond in time to save the victim? I mean really, do not believe the media hype. A very high percentage of cops are GOOD, just like any other segment of the population. There will alway be bad no matter where you look, but this incident is not the case. If you run at a cop with a weapon (Gun, Knife, Bat, sword) you will be shot. There are no real Ninja's people....

arrietta
arrietta

I doubt it,,,he is a black belt and there is more to this story than we are ever gonna hear. I cannot imagine Jordan calling the cops for help. These two are not the law abiding members of society that is being said about them. They both have legal histories even though Jordan has "connections" and does not get charged with crimes.
Alvin was a big crazy, most likely drunk and or high man,,,,with a knife, it is a combination that would make the police respond in the way they did. It was a justified shooting.
I doubt very much that Jordan would have died,,not the first time Alvin has gone after him with a weapon. If he did die,,good riddance.

123

cops need to do this more often

Tdogg

Agree....that's why concealed weapon permits are up....

Shep Proudfoot

Never, ever, bring a knife to a gun fight. This guy must not have seen The Untouchables. Pretty sure if you don't give a police officer a reason to shoot you, they won't.

Shep Proudfoot

Never, ever, bring a knife to a fun fight. This guy must not have seen The Untouchables. Pretty sure if you don't give a police officer a reason to shoot you, they won't.

lilevil

Are you people nuts? Are you really questioning why the guy was shot? Again, are you people nuts? You people only see a small fraction of what is really going on in Davenport. Those officers were justified in what they did. Knives can easily be thrown. The number one duty of an officer is to go home to their family at the end of the day. I have truly come to the conclusion that many people around here are delusional. Or, they are criminals as well. That's the only excuse one could have for questioning the police in this ordeal. Wake up people

Jack1

To LivinFree76....In regards to the woman in the department store..What was not told about this is, the women had the officers finger in her mouth and the officer punched her in the face forcing her to release his finger. Which was almost bit off. Funny how important facts are sometimes just left out!

LivinFree76

So a handcuffed woman biting an officers finger justifies being punched in the face full force with no means to defend herself?? No matter what the circumstance, the officer could have easily dislodged his finger by merely pulled back on her forehead or applying pressure to a pressure point. There is no way to justify what he did to her and he needs to be held accountable via a civil court and if he has a substantial judgement against him he might think twice about beating another handcuffed woman. This officer has a history of unsubstantiated violence against women.

Herky
Herky

I love how the ignorant and ill-informed blame the police here for doing their job. Had this person not come at them with a knife, said person would still be alive today. He was a victim of his own actions and only has himself to blame. Based on what little this article states, any person with half a brain can tell that the shooting was justified. More details will be most likely be released over time. Thoughts are with the officers and their families.

detroitredwing

I'm siding with the cops on this! I don't have to think about it being one of my family members, because no one in my family would be stupid enough to get themselves into the situation. Maybe he should've known better than to threaten anyone with a knife. The police were called because the knife-wielding guy was threatening and chasing another guy.

Arc Angel

Do not loot and riot!!!!

arrietta
arrietta

LOL

Mr Perfect15

Ive been reading alot about cops shooting unarmed people lately. In this case, he did have a knife but they both didnt have to shoot him. If they would have grabbed their little sticks or tazer instead of their guns that man would still be alive and the cops would have been fine. And as for those of you who are all siding with the cops, just sit back for a second and imagine if that had been one of your family members. I bet you would look at it differently then.

momof4
momof4

And for all of those who are siding with the man who was coming at the police with a knife, imagine if one of those police officers was one of your family members. I bet you too would look at it differently. Bottom line is it's a crappy situation all around for both sides.

arrietta
arrietta

Obviously, you did not know Alvin Jennings

Sox14

Cops didn't shoot him because he had a knife. They shot him because he stole something from Von Maur.

Tyler Guth

This article and especially headline seem tailored to stoke maximum discord. Would you like your own little ferguson, times?

LivinFree76

Police are supposed to have a variety of weapons to use, why do knife yielding suspects always seem to die via gunfire? I know pepper spray and taser's have quite a bit of distance for use......Personally, I know how to properly use an expandable baton and other hand weapons, police need to man up and find other means to take down the bad guys in many instances. The police state keeps growing in America and 'justifiable homicide' via police is done on a routine basis. The police and government work for us, not vice versa. Someone with a knife is a limited risk and can easily be taken down and restrained without having to kill him. There are circumstances in which it may be required, but the Police are not held accountable for the killings they perform as they are investigated by othewr Police. We need an independent agency at the State level, which has no police affiliation to investigate every instance where deadly force or abuse is conducted via Police. The Davenport officer who beat that woman at the department store is still cruising the streets looking for another handcuffed woman to beat. Why won't any woman's rights groups stand up for her?

Police officers need to personally be held accountable for their actions via prosecution as our soldiers are subject to this. When is the last time you heard a police officer was tried for any violent action while on duty?

Wake up people, we have rights and need to keep the police state and politicians in check as our rights are basically gone at this point. Any conversation you have with a police officer becomes a matter of record at any point in time, think before you speak to a cop!!!

momof4
momof4

Have you ever had someone come at you with a knife? I'm curious because I would like to know how you handled that situation. Until you walk in a police officers shoes, you have no right to judge. Unless you were there and saw the whole thing? And maybe a womens group isn't standing up for the handcuffed woman who was STEALING because one, she is a repeat offender of shoplifting and she was biting him. If she would have not felt entitled to steal from a department store, she wouldn't be in that position in the first place. People who break the law need to be held accountable also.

LivinFree76

MOMOf4:

No comment was posted about not holding criminals accountable, we have the highest incarceration rate per capita of all nations by a very high percentage. I guess that is not good enough for you. Secondly, you are supporting the harsh beating of a handcuffed woman as she bit an officer's finger????????????????? He could have applied pressure to a pressure point or simply dislodged his finger from her mouth by separating her teeth, she was HANDCUFFED and had no way to try and fend off his hands. Regardless of what she did, how can you justify the brutal beating of a woman at the hands of this officer? He has a history of violence and has no business being a cop. It blows me away how many people support this officer's actions against this women, being a criminal or not does not validate this officer brutally beating her.

momof4
momof4

LivinFree76:

I wonder what you would do if you were in that position. Everybody has the right answer, yet nobody but that officer was in that position at that time. I'm thinking if someone was chomping down on my finger, I would do whatever it takes necessary to get their mouth off of my hand. Hard to say though because I've never actually experienced that. I'm not here to argue, just to try and see every side of it. And again, if she wouldn't be a thief, she wouldn't be in that predicament in the first place. And if you read what I wrote, no where did I say I supported him or that he was justified. I was giving possible reasons as to why a womens group was not standing up for her.

Mr Perfect15

At least someone else sees whats really goin on!!!!!

Fatchance

Wow, LivinFree76, you are livinfree in another world because you haven't the first clue about police work or what it takes to protect life. "Why do knife yielding suspects always seem to die via gunfire?" The answer is simple: A knife is a deadly weapon (which means it can kill). You don't use a non-lethal weapon in response to a lethal weapon. Police are taught that on day one of the police academy. "I know pepper spray and taser's have quite a bit of distance for use..." Are you freaking kidding me? That comment is so beyond ignorant I don't even know where to begin. People often fight through the effects of mace and tasers often don't work if the probes don't deploy properly. But that's besides the point because if someone comes at you with a weapon that can kill you, you do everything you can to stop that threat. "Police need to man up"? Do you have to wear a bullet proof vest everyday at your job? Do you face the real possibility that you won't make it home to your family every day? Unbelieveable! "Someone with a knife is a limited risk and can easily be taken down and restrained without having to kill him"? Do me a favor, stop watching so many Steven Segall movies, you have no idea what it takes to stop someone with a knife. And while you're at it, Google images of knife wounds and see if the cops should risk it. Better yet, throw away your computer, you obviously can't handle the responsibility.

MsMatch

Thank you.

smellslkecrp

Lesson learned!! Don't bring a knife to a gun fight!

LugNut

If someone comes at me with a knife and I happen to have a gun at my disposal, I am going to use it. I'm not gonna say stop, you have a knife, and I have a gun, i'll put my gun down so I can find a knife. I'm sick of people not taking responsibility for their own actions. My poor little Johnny would never do that, even though they have eyewitnesses and DNA that prove that they did it.

kellykaci

Amen.

LugNut

Someone with a brain and common sense. Everyone always wants to blame someone else for their actions. It's time for people to put on their big boy pants and become a responsible human being. It's really not that hard.

JAH

Thank the good Lord above those police officers went home. Knives are deadly weapons, therefore it's justified for deadly force to be used when being approached with one. The comment was made about mace and tazers. Both have different effects on people, therefore it's possible neither could have worked on this man anyways. The officers did what they needed to do to go home to their family last night, and to make sure the individual being threatened stayed safe also. Most people think officers are 'trigger happy' but that's not the case... as Savannah67 stated, no officer sets out to shoot anyone on a daily basis. Some people think they know all about the job of a police officer, and if that's the case I encourage you to go put your application in and go see what the job truly is about... you may just change your mind after that.

iowalittledog

Why don't the Davenport Police Department release the names of the officers? The police have no problem when it's anyone else. Remember the shooting(s) on the bridge? The police released the officers names then, only because they believed they had video to support the shooting and to convince future jury members. We are seeing a high number of police shooting and it's just a matter of time before we see a full riot somewhere. I mean Rodney King kind of Riot. Oh one more thing, what was wrong with at least one officer using their stun gun(s)? If you want to kill your self and you just can't do it yourself all you have to do is call the Davenport PD, they will do it for you.

kellykaci

They don't release their names immediately so that the all parties involved can be notified of what happened. If your spouse was a police officer would you want to hear about it on the news? I wouldn't.

LugNut

That would take some common sense. Which most people don't have.

LivinFree76

Amen! America has become a police state. I do not condone what recently happened in Missouri in regards to the riots, but I completely understand why they are rioting after that unarmed young man was killed by Police.

momof4
momof4

Why is nobody talking about how the young man in Missouri was "wrestling" with the police officer trying to get his gun from him? Did I dream that?? Everybody is making it sound like he was just casually walking down the street minding his own business and the cop just drove up and shot him because he was black. Seriously? Clearly there is much more to this story than what is being released by the media. And how does rioting and looting make this situation better? If the people of Ferguson want to be taken seriously then try to calmly have a protest and make your point be taken seriously. The looting and rioting makes them all look like idiots.

JerkStores

@iowalittledoggy Hind sight is 20/20. They haven't even released the name of the guy that died. What if he is a white guy? Will there still be "rodney king" style riots? And when a group of people want to make a point about things like this why does it have to be a riot?
It doesn't make much sense to form a mob, assault people, steal things and break stuff when you think you are being treated/punished unfairly.

LNorman

When the police police themselfs it always comes up "JUSTIFIED"

Wags a lot

Sherman & mom6 are absolutely correct. I could not do what police officers do.

Shoot from the hip

no mace? no taser? I'd advise people to just lay on the ground with hands out anytime your confronted by a police officer

Klaatu
Klaatu

You are clueless. Absolutely clueless.

LivinFree76

Then why carry so many other weapons? Have the police departments become that soft they can only use guns???

Dolphin1972

It is not about being soft it is about using the appropriate level of response to the level of force officers are threatened with, sometimes it is necessary to use deadly force, to protect themselves and others.

Klaatu
Klaatu

They had no time to do anything but what they did. Do you think they have time to collaborate on which one will shoot? Mace? Taser? Mace takes time, an officer has the right to protect his life. I think you should be required to go on a ride along and see what is going on.

koko24

My prayers go to the victim's family. 2 officers shooting guns at a man with a knife seems excessive. Don't the police get better training than that? Do the police get intimidated/trigger happy more in certain neighborhoods with certain types of suspects more than others? Does this incident shine a spotlight on the need for better/more access to mental healthcare? Do the police need better training? I don't have the answers but all of the sad events lately raise a lot of serious questions....

Klaatu
Klaatu

The big question is what happened to skew your mental processes? You win the prize for being the first yahoo to find a way to blame the police. You need training.

koko24

Lol... ok. My raising questions about the police training is in no way blaming them. My opinion that it seems excessive is not having "skewed mental processes". I will continue to pray for the victim's family. The police officers may or may not have done the right thing, as I stated in my post, I don't have the answers. However I'm certain you do, Klaatu. Btw, you often make me laugh.

mom6

maybe koko24 should have gotten the call to walk into a house where they didn't know who or what was inside and then perhaps koko24 could have talked the maniac with the knife down peacefully and without incident while he was charging toward koko24 trying to stab him/her to death.

Sherman

So, would you rather that the neither officer fired because they hesitated and looked at each other before firing to see which one would/should fire, and both ended up dead or badly injured? The fact that both fired means that their training was in place and that they fired as they were trained to do.

I'm sure that there will be many posters second guessing the police, for whatever their personal reasons are. The thing is that none of you understand what training the police have received, what goes through their minds in a five second period of time where they have to make a decision to use lethal force and the effect this will have on the rest of their lives.

Contrary to what some people believe is that the first rule of policing is to go home alive at the end of your shift. I hope that the officers are afforded the after action crisis debriefing that should be in place for these type of events.

travisjanik11

I like the fact that you brought up the point about making a snap decision in a five second period, or in the "Blink" of an eye. The problem with that is that we often make the wrong decision in that "Blink" and training goes out the window. I don't want to comment on this case specifically as details are vague, but if you look back at other incidents rush's to judgement by law enforcement are usually off base and innocent and unarmed people end up being killed. Snap decision moments like these and how we react are wonderfully documented in the Malcolm Gladwell book "Blink", and more specifically in the case of Amadou Diallo. Again, I do not want to get in a debate about this incident specifically, but I think your point of the "five second period" is off base because in these instances we go away from our training and just react and that is where problems arise.

PlasterCaster

Really? You're kidding right? I agree with the mental health screenings but serious, you fault the cops? Knife is a deadly weapon, end of story. None of this would have happened if this victim wouldn't have committed a crime.

Mr Perfect15

I agree 100 percent! đź’Ż

Yardbird

My thoughts and prayers go out to those two officers and all the others who daily lay their lives on the line to keep the peace, and also to the family of the deceased man to help them through this very difficult period.

Savannah67

Thoughts are with these officers and their families....It's obvious this man had some very serious issues, whether it was drugs or just a mental problem...No police officer sets out to shoot anyone on a daily basis...This is going to be with those 2 for a very long time, if not forever...

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