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Suspect dies after 2-hour standoff with police near NorthPark Mall

Several police agencies in Iowa and Illinois responded to a standoff that resulted in the suspect shooting himself Sunday.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — UPDATED (March 21): The Davenport Police Department has identified the suspect as Sean Gaylord, 23, of Rock Island. The department did not release any further details on Monday. 

ORIGINAL (March 20): One person is dead after they initiated a two-hour armed standoff with Quad City police Sunday afternoon near a Burger King in Davenport.

According to news releases published jointly by the Davenport and Moline police departments, at about 11:18 a.m. on March 20, Moline authorities learned that a suspect from an incident the previous day was making their way back to the city, travelling on Highway 61 near Dewitt, Iowa.

The Saturday, March 19 incident involved the suspect firing shots in the 100 block of 5th Street before fleeing the area. No one was injured, and Moline police quickly determined the suspect's identity and issued a warrant for their arrest.

Minutes later at 11:22, Davenport police mobilized to assist Moline with apprehending the suspect, alongside the Iowa State Patrol and Scott County Sheriff's Office.

The plan was to initiate a traffic stop, but they fled, leading the State Patrol and Sheriff's Office on a chase that ended near a Davenport Burger King near Welcome Way and West Kimberly Road after the suspect's vehicle struck two other cars and a tree.

The suspect then fled on foot and barricaded themselves in a bus shelter on the 3700 block of Main Street while brandishing a gun.

The Bettendorf Police Department also joined the fray as the team of law enforcement agencies began to negotiate with the suspect.

Negotiations lasted for about two hours before the suspect turned the gun on himself, resulting in their death.

The incident remains under investigation and no further information is currently available. The suspect has not been identified.

Credit: WQAD
Armed standoff in Davenport on Sunday, March 20, 2022.

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