The Scott County attorney says a court bailiff's firing of his handgun was reasonable after a man wielding a wooden pole struck him in the face outside the courthouse.
County Attorney Mike Walton said in a news release Thursday that bailiff Tim Hutcheson "believed his force was necessary to avoid injury or risk to his life or safety, or the life or safety of others."
Authorities have said Hutcheson, another bailiff and a Davenport police officer tried to subdue 29-year-old Adam Lafrentz on April 25 after responding to a report about someone being assaulted. The other bailiff used a stun gun on Lafrentz that seemingly had no effect on him. He ran away but was captured later. No one was hit by the gunshot
The Quad-City Times reports that Walton says the pursuit of charges against Lafrentz "has been deferred while mental health alternatives are explored" for him.