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Fatal Shooting Investigation

The fatal shooting of a Davenport man last month was justified. That's the conclusion of the Scott County Attorney's office, the Sheriff's Department, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. 
On August 13, 61 year old Alvin Jennings was shot by Davenport police officers as he approached them with a knife inside a dimly-lit home on West 9th Street. 
This morning, County Attorney Mike Walton presented preliminary findings from the investigation, including 9-1-1 audio tapes, squad car audio and video, and pictures and diagrams of the scene. 
Walton says based on the evidence, deadly force was necessary.
Police Chief Frank Donchez says after officers kicked in the door, they saw a man with a large knife less than 12 feet away. 

Officers had just seconds to react.

Walton doesn't know what started the incident on August 13th, when Aubrey Jordan reported that his roommate and life-long friend, Jennings, was trying to break down the door to his bedroom by stabbing the door with a large knife. Toxicology reports are not back yet, but witnesses say that Jennings was drunk. 

The two officers who fired the fatal shots are still on administrative leave and Chief Donchez says his department has not yet completed its internal investigation. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.