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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
September 12, 2014 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

No Charges to be Filed in Fort Madison Officer Involved Shooting

On August 14, 2014, the Lee County Attorney’s Office referred the investigation into the death of Ryan Swearingen to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office Area Prosecutions Division to make a determination concerning the actions of the officer involved.  Ryan Swearingen was shot and killed by a Fort Madison police officer on August 3, 2014.  The Lee County Attorney’s Office made the referral due to a potential conflict of interest. 

The Lee County Attorney’s Office has been informed through a letter dated September 12, 2014, from Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown that no charges will be filed.  Attached is a letter addressed to Lee County Attorney Michael Short detailing the decision. 

Letter

All inquiries can be directed to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office - Communication Director Geoff Greenwood at 515.281.6699.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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