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Suspect Shot & Killed By Polk County Deputies After Suspect Stabbed Deputy

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting in unincorporated Davenport this afternoon. Preliminary information is as follows: around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2022, deputies assigned to the Northeast District responded to Oakcrest Court in the Providence subdivision after the PCSO ECC received a 911 call from an elderly woman who reported her adult son was trying to smother her. She said she woke up to the suspect repeatedly pressing a pillow on her face when she was napping on the couch. She was able to escape from the house and call from a safe location.

When deputies arrived on-scene, the suspect had barricaded himself in an upstairs bathroom. The three deputies who responded ordered him to come out with his hands up – he refused. The deputies entered the bathroom and he immediately charged at them with a large knife, stabbing one deputy on the top of his head. That deputy deployed his Taser but it was ineffective, and the suspect continued to fight with the deputies while armed with the knife. In fear for their lives, they were forced to shoot the suspect. He is deceased. No other deputies were injured. The deputy who was stabbed in the head was transported to a local hospital where he will receive stitches. He is expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect was a registered felon and on probation. He has a criminal history out of Virginia.

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