Bettendorf police are continuing to investigate an incident that led to a three-hour standoff Wednesday afternoon, ultimately resulting in the suicide of a Bettendorf resident.

Police responded to a disturbance call about 3 p.m. in the 5500 block of Joshua Street. The disturbance involved two people, according to a news release issued by the city of Bettendorf, and one of the people had a handgun. When police arrived, only the person with the handgun was at the home.

The Scott County Emergency Command Center, Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department and the Davenport Police Department were called to assist at the scene. Roads in the neighborhood were blocked off.

“After an extensive investigation, the County Attorney and the police department concluded there were no criminal charges,” according to the Bettendorf news release, and police left the scene about 6:10 p.m.

At some point after that, police were called back to the home after a resident committed suicide.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the victim.

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Bdorf Res

Exactly, too little information to even make an assumption like that. If all those resources were called out in the earlier standoff you can bet that if there was any way they could've taken the gun away they would've. If you read it thoroughly you'll see that the County Attorney along with the police concluded there were no criminal charges. That means that if they took the gun away or tried to arrest the person they would be violating some sort of amendment or right and then there'd be all kinds of problems and they went as far as checking with the County Atty to verify this. Sounds like they called every type of resources out they could and you wouldn't see that in many other places.


I agree comletely. How is it that a swat team, snipers, and several police officers spend four hours at a residence like that and not at the very least take the man in for medical evaluation?? He says he is ok now so you leave him there by himself? He was looking for help. What is the protocol for this situation? Wait until dinner time if he says he is good then you can leave?? God bless my friend and I will miss him dearly, only wish he had gotten the help he was reaching out for from all of us. RIP my friend.


From just the little information provided here, it sure sounds like the BPD really messed this up. Why would you let a person involved in a standoff keep his gun afterwards? Anyone could realize that is a horrible idea!

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