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Fort Madison Cop Identified in Fatal Shooting

Aug 7, 2014

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations has identified Karl Judd as the police officer who shot and killed a Fort Madison man early Sunday morning.

Judd responded to a report of a man with a knife.  The man was later identified as Ryan Swearingen.

Judd pursued Swearingen after Swearingen fled the scene and entered a home at 1527 Avenue E.

The DCI says Judd fired his gun after Swearingen emerged from a closet with a knife.

The state medical examiner says Swearingen died from multiple gunshots.

Judd is on paid administrative leave pending the state investigation.