Investigation continues into Rock Island officer-involved shooting

State’s Attorney’s Office urging patience
Officer involved shooting in Rock Island on April 1st
Officer involved shooting in Rock Island on April 1st(KWQC)
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 8:45 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) -One week after a fatal officer-involved shooting in Rock Island, the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office is asking the public to remain patient while the investigation continues.

On April 1, 25-year-old DeShawn Tatum died after being shot by police. The preliminary autopsy shows he died of a gunshot wound to the head and chest.

Police say Tatum was a wanted suspect who fled, hijacked a car from a woman, and tried to drag several officers before he was shot and killed. Three officers were injured in the incident.

In a media release Thursday, The Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office announced it is actively working alongside the Integrity Task Force to investigate the deadly incident. Officials say witness interviews are still being conducted. To maintain and protect the investigation’s reliability, they say surveillance and body camera footage are not yet released.

The Integrity Task Force is comprised of detectives from multiple surrounding agencies and is called to assist with officer-involved incidents. The ITF does not include the agency in which the incident occurred. The Rock Island County State’s Attorney assists in the review of the evidence, interviews, search warrants, subpoenas and evaluates the case in its entirety once the investigation is complete to provide a legal opinion over the use of deadly force and determine if any charges should be filed.

The state’s attorney’s release says it and the ITF are committed to a thorough, transparent investigation and will continue to keep the public informed as more evidence can be released. Officials say this was a tragic event for the community, and they ask for patience as the process unfolds.

They are also urging the public to respect the privacy of everyone involved during this very difficult time.

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