Officer ‘grazed on the head by a bullet’ in fatal shooting Thursday evening

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UPDATE: A reliable source told Local 4 News a suspect was killed and two police officers suffered minor injuries Thursday shortly after 6:30 p.m. in Rock Island.

The same source said a pursuit began at Chippiannock Cemetery at 12th Street and 31st Avenue, and continued down to the convenience store on 11th Street and 31st Avenue.

UPDATE: Local 4’s Ryan Risky reports via Facebook Live MedForce was present at UnityPoint – Trinity, Rock Island. It is unknown yet if its presence had any relation to the shooting incident.

He says the gathering of at least 30 to 40 people outside of the emergency room entrance appeared to be protesters, and a lot of officers were guarding the doors to the hospital.

Vehicles gradually started filing out of the parking lot.

Meanwhile, the area of 11th Street and 31st Avenue continues to be blocked off to traffic at this time. Please avoid, if possible.

EARLIER UPDATE: Local 4’s Brian Gallagher reports via Facebook Live an officer was “grazed on the head by a bullet” in connection with a shooting incident that happened Thursday evening.

There is no word on the condition of the officer.

He adds a “heavy, heavy police presence” is outside of the emergency room entrance of UnityPoint – Trinity, Rock Island, with groups of spectators gathering nearby and “emotions running high.”

At least six squad cars are present at the scene, and police are seen wearing riot headgear.

No further information is available at this time.

EARLIER UPDATE: Police were on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the area of the Chicken Shack, 2961 11th St,, Rock Island, shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Brian Gustafson, Rock Island County coroner, said one person is deceased. The name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Local 4 News crews, first on the scene, saw crime scene tape was up across 11th Street to the McDonald’s. A white car, with at least six bullet holes in the windshield and one in the front passenger window, was smashed up against the front of the store, Bricks have fallen from the store onto the car.

Rock Island County deputies, Rock Island police and Illinois State police are at UnityPoint – Trinity, Rock Island, where a gathering of upset people is outside the emergency-room entrance.

The Chicken Shack and surrounding area was taped off after 6:30 p.m. Thursday on 11th Street in Rock Island. (Bryan Bobb, OurQuadCities.com)
Large crowd of protesters gather outside of the emergency room entrance at UnityPoint – Trinity, Rock Island. (Bryan Bobb, OurQuadCities.com)

The area was blocked from traffic. Moline police assisted multiple Rock Island officers at the scene. Previously, Rock Island County deputies and Milan police also were assisting. Eleventh street was blocked off at 31st Avenue going north.

Rock Island Police Chief Jeffrey VenHuizen and Rock Island County State’s Attorney Dora A. Villarreal are on the scene at the convenience store.

A crowd of people, some visibly angry, has gathered. At least eight officers kept a close eye on the crowd.

Some officers continued to go in and out of the convenience store while other canvassed the neighborhood.

Local 4 News crews will provide details as soon as they are available on Local 4 News and www.ourquadcities.com.

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