Davenport man arrested in connection to East Moline deadly shooting

EAST MOLINE -- Multiple agencies in the Quad Cities teamed up with the East Moline Police Department to peacefully end a standoff yesterday evening. 


29-year old Willie Minor is charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of 52-year-old Jon Keener of Cordova, Illinois.


After the shooting, police were involved in a 4 1/2 hour standoff with five people inside a home near Kennedy Drive and 3rd Street. All five eventually surrendered.


It was a combination of timely information and negotiations to the peaceful end of yesterday's standoff. But most importantly it was teamwork that made it successful.  


"Very uncomfortable it shouldn't happen in anyone's neighborhood, " said East Moline neighbor. 
Hours into Tuesday's standoff in East Moline highly trained officers surrounded this house, where a suspect was hiding.
"We focused at the task at hand of resolving the situation in the house. That was the one thing we were worried about," said Moline Detective Michael Griffin. 
They had to anticipate how a homicide suspect., capable of killing in daylight on a neighborhood street would react.
We didn't want the offenders or the people in the residence, we didn't want them to get hurt . We don't want none of us want to discharge our firearms at them," said Griffin.
During those cold four and a half hours, with the community wondering how this would end.
"I'd come out front and I'd watch and see what's going on and see what the process was," said Griffin.
Multiple law enforcement agencies relied on their heavy training and teamwork to arrest Willie Minor and other suspects without incident.
"We work long and hard so we don't put ourselves in unnecessary situations," said Griffin.
They used armored tools and vehicles like a bearcat, a robot and a drone to approach the dangerous area while keeping themselves protected.
"We exhaust all opportunities for them to come out peacefully no matter how long it was going to take," said Griffin. "We had a good perimeter established. Those people were not going to get out of the house and harm anyone else in the neighborhood."
A frightening day for neighbors watching everything unfold a few feet away, but were glad no one else was hurt despite how long it took.
"They handled it fine, but it should've been done with it a lot sooner."'


The motive for the shooting has not been determined. East Moline Police say a firearm has been recovered.


For now, mugshots of those arrested are not being released. Police are still gathering more information and witness testimony and are requesting they not be shown until that process is complete.


They ask anyone with information to give them a call.
 


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