A man shot Saturday during a traffic stop in East Moline was released Tuesday from the hospital to the Rock Island County Jail.
Darold S. Strunk, 25, was wounded by gunfire after he allegedly fired a gun at a squad car Saturday night at 7th Street and 40th Avenue, according to the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force, a joint law enforcement unit that investigates police-involved shootings. The wound was not life-threatening, and Strunk, who has been hospitalized since the shooting, was released to the jail Tuesday afternoon.
Releases from the task force state Strunk has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm.
A criminal case against Strunk related to the shooting was not yet listed in Rock Island County records at the county justice center or online as of early Tuesday afternoon.
The incident was still under investigation Tuesday, but the task force has released some information on what its investigators believe happened during the encounter.
An East Moline officer attempted to stop a vehicle occupied by a female driver and a male passenger, according to the task force. The driver did not comply and drove away, leading to a short pursuit.
A second officer came to the assistance of the first and boxed in the fleeing vehicle at the intersection, the task force states. The passenger left the trapped vehicle, brandished a gun, then fired it at the squad car.
The task force contends Strunk was that passenger.
Two of the officers on scene fired their pistols during the encounter, the task force said. The passenger ran away but was captured not long after.
Police found a .380-caliber pistol at the scene and were trying to determine where it came from, Illinois State Police Lt. Chris Endress said Tuesday.
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The task force has video footage of the encounter collected from the two officers' squad car cameras that includes the initial attempt at a traffic stop; the short pursuit that followed when the driver, who was not Strunk, fled; and the exchange of gunfire, Endress said. The East Moline police do not wear body cameras, and the ensuing foot chase and arrest were not recorded.
An earlier release from the task force states investigators also have recovered footage of the encounter from a cellular phone.
The physical and ballistic evidence of the shooting was still being processed Tuesday, Endress said. He could not say as of then who shot Strunk. The number of shots that were fired during the encounter also was not yet available.
The two police officers have been placed on administrative leave because of the investigation, East Moline Police Chief John Reynolds said. The East Moline Police Department also is conducting an internal review to see if its policies and procedures were followed.
The chief declined to release the identities of the two officers.
The team of investigators reviewing the shooting was gathering evidence about the actions of Strunk and the two officers, Endress said.
When the investigation is complete, the information will be presented to acting Rock Island County State's Attorney Patricia Castro, who will decide what criminal charges, if any, will be filed, and against whom.
When the task force is activated, the team is comprised of state, county and local law enforcement officers from Rock Island County. The involved police department does not provide investigators.
The task force is asking anyone with information about the shooting or the origins of the pistol that was recovered and alleged to be in Strunk’s possession to contact the Illinois State Police 309-752-4915 or QC Crime Stoppers 309-762-9500.
Endress said the task force appreciated the assistance it had already received from the public in relation to the investigation.