Coroner Identifies Burglary Suspect who Died in East Moline Police Custody


No foul play is suspected in the death of a 62-year-old Silvis man that fled from East Moline Police and was found unresponsive at the scene on Wednesday.  According to Rock Island Coroner Brian Gustafson, Louis Griffin had significant heart issues and there was no trauma to the body.  Louis Griffin was found unresponsive in the area of 5th Street and 15th Avenue after fleeing from police on his bicycle.  Life-saving measures were employed and EMT’s were called to the scene but Mr. Griffin passed away. Upon the report of the death of an in-custody suspect, the East Moline Police Department followed protocol and called for the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force, which will include no East Moline Officers, in their investigation.

According to information provided by the Moline Police Department and East Moline Police Department, early on the morning of September 6, 2023, an East Moline Police Department officer was dispatched to the site of an alleged Burglary. A resident in the 400 block of 17th Avenue in East Moline saw a suspicious person on their security camera and contacted Police. A description of the suspect was given and an officer not far from the scene saw a subject matching the description nearby on a bicycle.  The officer pursued the suspect, using lights and sirens to get the suspect to stop.

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