One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Davenport Wednesday night. The deceased has been identified as Alvin Curtis Jennings, 61 of Davenport. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, August 15, at University of Iowa hospital.
Two officers, identified as 11-year veteran Epigmenio Canas and 6-year officer Shawn Sullivan, were called to 602 W. 9th Street for an individual threatening another person with a knife around 10:30 p.m. 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.
Officers were able to enter the house where they were confronted by Jennings, armed with the knife. Police say Jennings failed to comply with verbal commands to stop, rushed toward the officers, who then discharged their duty weapons.
Jennings was given medical treatment at the scene and then taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave as part of department policy. The Scott County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating the incident.
Both officers have been involved in notable incidents in the past. In 2011, Officer Canas was one of three police officers involved in a chase that began with a report of shots fired near the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds and ended in a shootout at the Centennial Bridge. The suspect driver, Michael Cross, hit a car and then turned his vehicle toward officers. Police fired at the vehicle. Cross was injured but survived.
In 2009, officer Sullivan was involved in a squad car crash that put him in the hospital with multiple injuries. The crash prompted police to change the department's pursuit policy.