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60 days after the Davenport riot, we still don't know who shot Marquis Tousant
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60 days after the Davenport riot, we still don't know who shot Marquis Tousant

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Numerous bullet holes can be seen in the body of this unmarked Davenport Police truck. One officer was wounded in what they described as an "ambush" in the 1400 block of Myrtle Street early Monday, June 1.

It’s been 60 days since Marquis M. Tousant was found dead in alley off the 1400 block of Myrtle Street, Davenport.

His death has been followed by official silence.

The Rock Island man, 23, was found at 3 a.m. June 1 — near the end of an overnight of unrest and violence that erupted throughout Davenport. In the wake of the widespread disturbance, and what Davenport Police described as an "ambush" in the alley, police officials said they didn’t know who shot Tousant. Investigators from Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, or DCI, and the prosecutor’s office of the Scott County Attorney, are reviewing the matter, but have declined to answer questions about the progress of the case.

The Scott County Attorney’s office did not respond to multiple attempts asking for comment on the status of the case.

Davenport Police have said three officers in an unmarked truck were "ambushed" while driving into an alley near 1400 Myrtle Street at about 3 a.m. Monday, June 1.

More than one dozen shots were fired. An officer was struck in the leg and nearly hit in the head.

Another officer returned fire, police said, and the suspect vehicle fled, and crashed a short time later. Seven firearms and ammunition were recovered.

The police returned to the scene of the shootings and found Tousant dead. He had been shot multiple times.

Police have not said whether they think the officer shot and killed Tousant. Law enforcement have confirmed ballistics testing was ordered for both the weapons seized from the vehicle that fired upon police and the firearm belonging to the officer who fired at the suspects.

Reporter Barb Ickes contributed to this story.


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