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Police Fatal Shooting Ruled "Justified"

The fatal shooting of a man by Davenport police, during a night of violence in the city, was justified. That was the announcement Thursday from Scott County Attorney Mike Walton after a review of events during the night of May 31st and June lst by the Scott County Sheriff's Department and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

That night, there was violence across the country following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

Walton says about 3 am, three Davenport officers were riding in an unmarked pickup truck, looking for suspects from earlier violence in the city, when several people started shooting at them. Lieutenant Greg Behning returned fire and investigation showed he fatally wounded Marquis Tousant. It also showed Tousant was one of the people who'd started shooting at the officers.

Walton says the use of deadly force against Tousant was justified because Behning was attempting to protect himself and the other officers. 

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.