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Sun August 3, 2014
Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting in Fort Madison
The investigation continues into the fatal shooting of a Fort Madison man by a police officer over the weekend.
The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations said Ryan Swearingen, 27, was shot by a member of the Fort Madison Police Department early Sunday morning.
He was pronounced dead at Fort Madison Community Hospital.
The DCI said officers initially responded to a report of a man slashing the tires of vehicles parked in an alley.
The man, later identified as Swearingen, fled the scene and entered a home in the 1500 block of Avenue E.
The DCI said when officers entered the home, they “encountered” Swearingen, who emerged from a closet carrying a knife.
The unidentified officer who shot Swearingen is currently on paid administrative leave.
An autopsy will be conducted by the State Medical Examiner.
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