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Sheriff's office identifies man shot, Davenport officer in fatal police shooting

A man was shot and later died after a physical confrontation with a Davenport police officer, the department said. The officer is now on administrative leave.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A Davenport police officer shot and killed a man during an altercation just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, June 8 at a Casey's Convenience Store just off West 53rd Street, according to the police department. 

On Thursday, June 9, the Scott County Sheriff's Office identified the man killed as 45-year-old Jason James Morales of Davenport. The name of the officer is being withheld "until this investigation is complete." 

The Scott County Sheriff's Office and Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation are conducting a joint investigation into the incident, according to the Davenport Police Department.

The police department reported a Davenport police officer responded to a call at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday regarding a suspicious person possibly tampering with an air conditioning unit on the side of the Casey's located at 1961 West 53rd St. 

After making contact with Morales, police said the officer did a wanted check and determined he had outstanding warrants for his arrest. During the interaction, a physical confrontation ensued and lead to shots exchanged between Morales and the officer.

Morales was injured by the gunfire and taken for treatment to a local hospital, where he later died. The officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the interaction, according to the police department.

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The officer, later identified as 3-year-department-veteran Michael Catton, was placed on administrative leave and an outside agency was assigned to investigate the shooting per Davenport Police Department policy. 

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