- Associated Press - Saturday, August 23, 2014

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - Prosecutors in southeast Iowa have asked the state attorney general’s office to review the case of a Fort Madison police officer who fatally shot a 27-year-old man.

The attorney general’s office has been asked to determine whether the shooting was justified, according to the Burlington Hawk Eye (https://bit.ly/1pqsn8B ).

Ryan Swearingen of Fort Madison was fatally wounded Aug. 3 by police officer Karl Judd during an incident at Swearingen’s home. Judd has remained on paid administrative leave since the shooting.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the shooting and turned its findings over to the Lee County attorney’s office. Details of the state investigation have not been revealed.

According to a letter dated Aug. 14, assistant Lee County attorney Clinton Boddicker asked the attorney general’s office for the review. DCI Special Agent Rick Rahn said there’s nothing usual about the request.



Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for the Iowa attorney general’s office, said he could not say when the review would be completed.

Fort Madison police say the incident began when officers were notified about a man slashing tires on vehicles in a parking lot. Officers say they spotted Swearingen with a knife in a nearby alley. A news release issued by Rahn shortly after the shooting said Swearingen was shot in his own home. He reportedly fled from Judd and went into a closet, then emerged with a knife.

An autopsy later concluded that Swearingen died from multiple gunshot wounds. The news release did not indicate how many officers or other witnesses were in the home at the time.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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