Officers involved in East Moline shooting justified according to State's Attorney's Office

Published: May. 25, 2019 at 10:18 PM CDT
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UPDATE 6/28:

State's Attorney Patricia Castro says both East Moline officers have been justified after an officer-involved shooting in the city that took place in May.

You can read the full statement below.



UPDATE 6/21:

Officials with the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force have submitted an officer-involved shooting for review.

Officials said in a release Friday, June 21, the task force has completed their investigation in reference to the shooting on May 25. The shooting was between East Moline police officers and Darold S. Strunk.

The case file was submitted to the Rock Island County States Attorney for review and decision on any additional charges. Officials say Strunk was initially charged with a Class X Felony of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm.

Officials say they greatly appreciate everyone's patience during this investigation.

"This will be the final update from the Integrity Task Force," the statement read. "The Integrity Task Force strives to be as thorough as possible to allow the States Attorney a comprehensive review of the facts."

UPDATE 5/30/2019 7:35 p.m..:

East Moline Police Chief John Reynolds released the name of the officers who were involved in Saturday's shooting on Thursday.

Officers Ryan Clark and Logan Wolfe were the officers involved. Clark has been with the police department since 2018 and Wolfe has been with the department since 2014. Both officers are patrolmen assigned to the 2nd shift patrol bureau.

Reynolds says the officers were in separate police cars, both of which were equipped with in-car video systems. The Integrity Task Force, which is currently investigating the shooting, has obtained the video from each squad car.

Both officers are still on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues. The East Moline Police Department is also conducting an internal investigation, which Capt. Darren Gault says "will be a thorough review of the circumstances of the officer-involved shooting."

UPDATE 5/26/2019 12:37 p.m..:

Illinois State Police have released the name of a man shot by police following a traffic stop.

According to a press release, state police say Darold Strunk, 25, was a passenger in a vehicle that police were trying to stop for a traffic violation. The female driver refused to stop when a second East Moline officer pulled in front of the vehicle near 7th Street and 40th Avenue. Illinois State Police say Strunk got out of the car and displayed a gun in “an aggressive manner” and fired his gun at one of the squad cars. Two East Moline police officers returned fire, as Strunk ran into a residential area with his gun.

During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to obtain dash cam video and witness cell phone video of the incident.

Strunk was struck by the officer’s gunfire and was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He is currently being treated at a hospital.

The Rock Island County State’s Attorney has approved charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm against Strunk. More charges are expected.

The names of the officers involved have not been released. Neither officer was hurt. They have been placed on paid administrated leave per department policy.

UPDATE 10:42 p.m.:

One suspect is in custody after an officer-involved shooting in East Moline Saturday night.

Police are asking the public to avoid 7th Ave. north of Avenue of the Cities for the overnight hours while they continue to investigate and speak to witnesses, but they say there is no danger to the public at this time.

In a press conference, officials said during a traffic stop, two police officers exchanged gunfire with the passenger. A 25-year-old male suspect was taken into custody and is being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound.

Police say the suspect's firearm was recovered at the scene. There is no word yet on the cause of the shooting.

The Moline Police Department, the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department, Silvis Police, Hampton Police and the Illinois State Police responded.

The investigation has been turned over to the Integrity Task Force. None of East Moline's investigators will be involved. East Moline police say they do not have body cameras, but their cars do have in-car videos, which the task force will have access to.

Police are asking anyone with information, pictures or video related to this shooting to contact the task force.


7th St. from 41st to 34th is blocked off in East Moline due to a shooting.

TV6 has a crew on scene. They tell us there is a heavy police presence, with several agencies responding.

This is a developing story. TV6 will continue to update this story as we get more information.