Silvis police officer ‘reasonable in using deadly force’ during traffic stop

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UPDATE: Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee determined Silvis Police Officer John VanHyning “was objectively reasonable in using deadly force” during the traffic stop and officer-involved shooting in December after “careful review of all reports and videos from the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force.” 

McGehee said Devin M. Lovgren of Davenport “revved his engine to taunt Officer VanHyning, looked directly at the officer with definace and a cold stare, and drove directly at Officer VanHyning to cause great bodily injury or death,” adding the officer “had to make a quick decision to protect himself” against Lovgren, “a felon armed with a homemade shotgun.” 

VanHyning shot Lovgren’s vehicle four times and had to jump to his right to avoid being run over or hit by Lovgren’s vehicle, the report states. Lovgren was hit in the upper left leg, but escaped in his vehicle.

Lovgren later was captured by Colona Police and Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Lovgren was arrested and found to be wanted on an outstanding federal warrant issued by the U.S. Marshals Service in November 2018.

EARLIER UPDATE

The Rock Island County Integrity Task Force completed the investigation into the traffic stop and officer-involved shooting in Silvis and turned over the case to the Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee for review.

The Rock Island County State’s Attorney will make any decision regarding criminal charges stemming from the incident in Silvis.

EARLIER UPDATE

The man shot by a Silvis police officer on Sunday night has been identified.

Devin M. Lovgren, 24, of Davenport was arrested and found to be wanted on an outstanding federal warrant issued by the U.S. Marshals Service in November 2018.

The warrant was for violation of probation on a federal firearms charge.

Lovgren was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Lovgren was released from the hospital in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve and placed in the Rock Island County Jail with no bond on the outstanding warrant.

Lovgren was released from the custody of the Rock Island County Jail on Wednesday and transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. 

EARLIER REPORT

One suspect has been arrested after being shot by an officer late Sunday night.

Local police say the incident happened at 9:34 pm, when a Silvis Police Officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 900 block 1st Avenue in the north alley.

The reason for the traffic stop was not specified.

The vehicle fled from the officer and during the encounter then the Silvis Police Officer discharged his firearm.

The driver suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and drove away.

Later that evening the Colona Police Department observed the vehicle driving erratically in Colona and attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, but it also did not stop.

The vehicle then crashed near East 1200th St and Wolf Road, Colona.

The driver, a 24-year-old man from Davenport, was captured by Colona Police and Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say that there are no further suspects at large and no further danger to the public.

The suspect is expected to be discharged from the hospital this morning and will be held in the Rock Island County Jail on an outstanding federal warrant that was issued in November 2018 by the US Marshals Service.  

Police are asking those with information to reach out to Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500 or use P3 Tips app.

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