Bettendorf officer justified in deadly shooting, Scott County Attorney’s Office says

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Bettendorf officer justified in deadly shooting, Scott County Attorney’s Office says

Posted: May 6, 2021 / 3:48 PM CDT
Updated: May 6, 2021 / 5:18 p.m. CDT

Scott County prosecutors say a Bettendorf official was justified in a fatal shootout last February.

They posted body cam footage from the night of February 7th in Georgian Square.

Brian Scott shot at officers trying to arrest him. Officer Zachary Gish returned fire and struck Scott four times.

“It is important to know that Brian Scott fired his weapon first, and then Officer Gish, who had to fire his service weapon. Once someone fired their gun at officers, they left them no choice but to shoot, ”announced Amy K. Devine, First Assistant to the Scott County Attorney. “A taser will not harm anyone who fires a gun at officers.”

A firearm was found in Scott’s lap under his right hand, a cartridge case from that gun was recovered from the car he was in, and forensics adapted this case to the gun he owned. Scott County prosecutors say it was sensible and necessary for Gish to fire his gun to prevent injury, the death of himself, a female victim, and others.