Moline police officer ‘justified’ in shooting, state’s attorney finds

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A Moline police officer was justified when he shot a man in June, the Rock Island County State’s Attorney found.

Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee announced Friday that Lieutenant Jeremy Weeks was justified in shooting Steven Wilson in the 3300 block of Avenue of the Cities while investigating a burglary report.

The state’s attorney found that “Wilson did pose an imminent risk of great bodily injury or death to a person and that Lt. Weeks’ use of force was justified and an objectively reasonable response to that imminent threat.” 

EARLIER UPDATE

September 25, 2018

The Illinois State Police Crime Laboratory finished analysis of the evidence in the case of an officer-involved shooting in June that sent one man to the hospital.

The investigation by the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force is now complete and the investigative case file has been submitted to the Rock Island County State’s Attorney for review and determination if any criminal charges are warranted.

EARLIER UPDATE

June 22, 2018

An officer-involved shooting early Friday morning sent one man to the hospital.

Moline police responded to a burglary on Avenue of the Cities just after midnight.

Police say the suspect was seen leaving a building near the 3100 block of Avenue of the Cities and into a north alley way. 

We just got a report from police that it was a 26-year-old male Moline resident who took off running, resulting in a police pursuit.

That’s when officers and the suspect exchanged gunfire, injuring the man.

No officers were injured in that shootout.

The suspect is in critical condition at OSF Hospital in Peoria..

Police blocked off the north alleyway from 31st Street to 34th Street as police investigated.

Today, one neighbor in the area says he was up most of the night watching the scene unfold from his front porch. 

The Rock Island County Integrity Task Force is now overseeing the investigation. 

Anyone with information or who may have seen or heard something is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500 or use the P3 Tips Mobile App. 

EARLIER UPDATE

The suspect is a 26-year-old Moline man. He was transferred to OSF in Peoria and his latest known condition is critical, according to the Moline Police Department.

EARLIER REPORT

A section of Avenue of the Cities in Moline was blocked off early Friday morning after police responded to a burglary in process. 

Detective Michael Griffin with the Moline Police Department sent out this press release: 

“On today’s date at approximately 12:35AM, Moline Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 3300 block Avenue of the Cities. On arrival, a suspect was located running westbound from the scene and as officers encountered him, the suspect and officers exchanged gunfire.

The suspect was injured and transported by Moline Fire Department to Unity Point-Rock Island where he is undergoing surgery. No Moline Police Officers were injured during the incident. Rock Island County Integrity Task Force was called in and all further information will be released by Lt. Gault of Integrity Task Force. 

Moline Police and Integrity Task Force will be on scene for the next several hours as the crime scene is processed and we ask for the public’s assistance in staying away from the area so Integrity Task Force and Crime Scene can complete their investigation. The area the crime scene that will be blocked off will be the Avenue of the Cities, north alley way from 34th Street to 31st Street.”

During a press conference, officials said the suspect was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. 

We will continue to bring you the latest developments. 

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