A Davenport police officer is lucky to be alive today. The off-duty cop had gone into a fast-food restaurant on Tuesday to grab some lunch when he noticed a teen who was wanted on a warrant for a probation violation. The suspect took off and the officer chased him across the Wendy’s parking lot.
That’s when Police Captain David Struckman says the 16-year-old pulled a handgun from his waistband, pulled the trigger twice — and nothing happened. The officer was “visibly shaken” from the ordeal, Struckman says, and rightfully so. After the teen was taken into custody officers confirmed the gun was loaded, but just didn’t go off.
Struckman says the officer had been on the force for less than two years. The captain says he’s “a darn good officer, and we’re just very fortunate it turned out the way it did.” Sixteen-year-old Jonathon Jay Owens is charged with attempted murder.