A Rock Island police officer is on administrative leave after a fatal shooting Thursday night. Police received several reports of shots fired shortly before 11 p.m. in the vicinity of 12th Street and 10th Avenue.
Police say arriving officers engaged in a foot pursuit with an individual that was observed to be armed with a handgun.
At about 12th Street and Glenhurst Court, an officer confronted the suspect and subsequently discharged his firearm, striking the suspect, according to a news release from Jason Foy, deputy chief of the Rock Island Police Department.
The victim was transported by ambulance to Unity Point where he was later pronounced dead.
The Rock Island County Integrity Task Force has been activated and will be conducting an investigation into the shooting.
The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave per department protocol.