Suspect fatally shot by Fort Madison officer

Ryan J. Swearingen

Authorities say a 27-year-old was fatally shot by a Fort Madison police officer after he allegedly brandished a knife during a chase.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says officers were called to a report of a man slashing vehicle tires with a knife around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Officers say they spotted Ryan J. Swearingen with the knife and chased him into a home.

According to authorities, police entered the home and were confronted by Swearingen, who came out of a closet with a knife. He was shot by an officer and pronounced dead at the Fort Madison Community Hospital.

The Iowa State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave. Authorities say the officer's name isn't being released at this time.