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Davenport Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting

Senior Assistant Sc. C. Attorney Caleb Copley played video from Officer Catton's body camera
Senior Assistant Sc. C. Attorney Caleb Copley played video from Officer Catton's body camera

A Davenport police officer has been cleared of any possible wrongdoing for the fatal shooting of a man earlier this month. Thursday the Scott County Attorney's office released its decision in the case of Officer Michael Catton.

On June 8th, Catton was questioning 45 year old Jason Morales outside a Casey's convenience store on West 53rd Street. When he tried to arrest Morales because of outstanding warrants, a struggle ensued. Morales fired his handgun once, and missed, while the officer was able to fire four shots - one hit the suspect in the head and he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Senior Assistant Scott County Attorney Caleb Copley says the evidence shows Catton's use of force was reasonable.

"Jason Morales's actions of brandishing and shooting a firearm in the direction of Officer Catton, continuing to attempt to point that firearm in his direction during a physical confrontation, it being a loaded firearm, certainly put the life and physical safety of Officer Catton at risk. It was reasonable and necessary for Officer Catton to fire his weapon to prevent injury or death to himself."

The officer involved shooting was investigated by the Scott County Sheriff's Offce and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

The officer is still on administrative leave, and the Davenport Police Department will review the case to determine if he followed department policy.

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.