Officer-Involved Shooting and Accident on Coe Road NE
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer-involved shooting involving a Cedar Rapids police officer that occurred shortly after 1:15 a.m. Tuesday morning on the lower part of Coe Road NE near St. Luke’s Hospital.
Based on preliminary information, a police officer was on a traffic stop with a 37-year old male. The individual that was pulled over began an altercation with the police officer. During the incident, the police officer discharged his service weapon at the suspect. The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle southbound towards 1st Avenue East. The suspect vehicle struck an unmarked Cedar Rapids Police Department sport utility vehicle that was responding to the incident near A Avenue and Coe Road NE.
The suspect then struck an unoccupied vehicle in a Coe College parking lot off of Coe Road and 1st Avenue. It was at this location that the suspect was taken into custody by other responding officers. The suspect was transported to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with serious injuries as the result of the shooting and collisions.
The police officer that was involved in the altercation was not seriously injured. The officer that was in the police SUV had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The name of the suspect is being withheld pending notification of family members.
This is an active, ongoing investigation. The names of the officers involved will not be released until after they have been interviewed by the DCI.
Any further information regarding this incident will be released by the DCI. Please refer any additional inquiries to Special Agent in Charge Rick Rahn, phone (563) 370-5109.
Traffic Alert: Coe Road NE will be closed from the area where Coe Road begins near Center Point Road/E Avenue area to 1st Avenue East for most of the day as part of the ongoing investigation. St. Luke’s Hospital employees will be able to access the employee parking lot with proper employee credentials.
Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.