Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Update
The Cedar Rapids Police Department understands the concerns and request for more information voiced by some members of the community with regards to the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred shortly after 1:15 a.m. Tuesday morning on the lower part of Coe Road NE near St. Luke’s Hospital. The Police Department is committed to cooperating with the Iowa Department of Public Safety-Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Linn County Attorney’s Office with the investigation that involved a police officer discharging his service weapon at Jerime Eron Mitchell, age 37, during a traffic stop and altercation.
As with any investigation, there is a legal process that must be followed with regards to the collection, review, and analysis of evidence. At the same time, interviews and statements must be completed. There was dash camera video inside the police officer’s squad car and it was in use at the time of the traffic stop. This video footage will be reviewed by the DCI and County Attorney as part of this investigation.
The investigative process is thorough and deliberative. This investigation is being conducted by the DCI and all of the case facts and evidence will be presented to the Linn County Attorney’s Office. The Linn County Attorney’s Office will determine whether the use of force was justified as part of their review of the case.
The Police Department is asking for the public’s continued patience and understanding as we continue to cooperate with both the DCI and Linn County Attorney’s Office as they conduct an independent investigation.