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Prosecutor clears deputy in fatal Scott County shooting

November 23, 2018

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Scott County attorney says a deputy sheriff was justified in using deadly force while struggling with a man after a traffic stop.

Authorities say 27-year-old Davenport resident Robert Mitchell died after the Oct. 23 incident on the north side of Davenport. Deputy Greg Hill had pulled over Mitchell’s vehicle because of a vehicle light problem.

Hill and Mitchell struggled when Mitchell suddenly got back in the car and backed up, with Hill’s upper torso inside and his legs outside. Hill then pulled his handgun and fired three times, striking Mitchell twice.

Scott County Attorney Mike Walton said Wednesday that Hill was justified in using deadly force to ensure his own life and safety, the safety of another deputy who’d stopped at the scene and that of other people.

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