Bettendorf officer cleared in shooting of man

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BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) - The Scott County attorney says a Bettendorf police officer was justified in shooting and wounding a man who pointed at the officer what turned out to be an airsoft gun.

Courtesy: MGN Online
Courtesy: MGN Online

County Attorney Mike Walton said in a news release Tuesday that Lt. Kent Keeshan's use of deadly force was reasonable under the circumstances. Keeshan shot 19-year-old Joshua Price, of Bettendorf, on Dec. 19 inside a Home Depot store. Police say Price was suicidal and had taken the store manager hostage after ordering him to evacuate the store. Police say Price released the manager before the confrontation with Keeshan. Only Price was wounded.

Price has been charged with kidnapping and other crimes. His attorney, Randall McNaughton, declined to comment Wednesday.