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East Moline Police Call On Rock Island County Integrity Task Force to Investigate Suspect Death Following Chase

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East Moline Police Chief Jeff Ramsey has called for the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force to investigate an in-custody death of a suspect. According to information provided by the Moline Police Department and East Moline Police Department, early on the morning of September 6th, 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. A brief chase led to the suspect being found unresponsive in the area of 5th Street and 15th Avenue in East Moline. Life-saving measures were employed and EMT’s were called to the scene but the subject 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. The name of the suspect is being withheld at this time and no other information regarding the case is being released.

Members of the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force recounted the incident in a statement and laid out how the task force works…

“The Rock Island County Integrity Task Force is handling the incident and no East Moline Police officer is participating in the Integrity Task Force criminal investigation. The Integrity Task Force will conduct a thorough and independent investigation which, at its conclusion, will be turned over to the Rock Island County State’s Attorney Dora Villarreal for review. It is extremely important that the public allow investigators time to gather information in order to answer questions and determine all the facts. Currently a team of ITF investigators are canvasing the neighborhood, conducting witness interviews, collecting evidence and reviewing videos, radio traffic, and more. The East Moline Police Department does have body cameras. The State’s Attorney will make any decisions regarding criminal charges once all the facts have been gathered. This process does take time to complete and we will update the public on the status of the investigation as it moves along.

It is important that ITF investigators speak to anyone with information about this incident. If anyone heard or saw anything, or has any type of personal, residential or commercial video of the area and has not yet spoken to ITF investigators, please call the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force at 309-752-4915 x4935.

The Rock Island County Integrity Task Force was formed in 2008 to investigate officer-involved death cases. ITF is led by the Illinois State Police and includes police departments in Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Milan, Silvis and the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office. The ITF is authorized by state law to conduct investigations into an officer-involved death. No investigator involved in the investigation may be employed by the law enforcement agency involved in the death by state statute.

The Rock Island County Integrity Task Force will release more information as it becomes available. An autopsy is being conducted today. The release of the name of the male is under the authority of the Coroner Brian Gustafson.”

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