- Associated Press - Friday, February 24, 2017

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) - A man shot by an officer during a standoff at a Bettendorf store has pleaded not guilty to several charges.

Court records say 19-year-old Joshua Price filed the written pleas Thursday to charges of kidnapping, burglary and assault. His next court hearing is scheduled for March 10.

Authorities say Bettendorf Police Lt. Kent Keeshan shot Price 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, who had ordered him to drop his weapon.

Authorities say Price was carrying only an airsoft gun that looked like a deadly handgun. The county attorney ruled last month that Keeshan’s actions were justified.

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