Man accused of shooting officer charged with murder attempt

May 8, 2019

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Court records say a man accused of shooting a Davenport police officer has been charged with attempted murder.

Scott County District Court records say 27-year-old Brett Dennis also is charged with weapons possession by a felon. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press.

The Scott County attorney’s office says in a news release that Dennis shot Davenport Police Officer Ryan Leabo on April 25 after a foot chase and struggle. The release says Dennis had run away when Leabo tried to talk to him and another man. They’d been seen rummaging through a car.

The release says one shot from Dennis hit Leabo in a leg and a second gunshot was stopped by Leabo’s bulletproof vest. The release says Leabo then shot Dennis in a leg. Dennis later told investigators he wanted Leabo to shoot him.

The release says Leabo’s use of force was justified.