Iowa police officer shot in the leg while on duty gets state award

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Published: Oct. 9, 2019 at 6:17 AM CDT
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An Iowa police officer who survived being shot while on duty is getting a state award.

Davenport Police Officer Ryan Leabo received the Iowa State Police Association Purple Heart Award Tuesday night, according to a post on the department's Facebook page. Leabo was seriously injured during a foot chase with a suspect in April.

Tonight, Officer Ryan Leabo was awarded the Iowa State Police Association Purple Heart Award related to the violent...

Posted by Davenport Police Department on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Prosecutors say Brett Dennis Sr. shot Leabo. Dennis ran when Leabo tried to talk to him and another man. They'd been seen rummaging through a car.

Prosecutors say one shot from Dennis hit Leabo in a leg and a second gunshot was stopped by Leabo's bulletproof vest. Prosecutors say Leabo then shot Dennis in a leg.