Iowa Department of Public Safety
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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Thursday, March 18, 2010
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office


Burlington, IOWA --- The investigation continues into the shooting of a Burlington man early Wednesday morning in rural Lee County.  At approximately 4:00 a.m., March 17, 2010, members of the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force, along with members of the Lee County Narcotics Task Force, were working a joint investigation dealing with the manufacture of methamphetamine in the 1900 block of 355th Avenue, Wever, Iowa (Lee County). 

During the course of the investigation officers were confronted by a subject in possession of an anhydrous ammonia tank.  This tank containing anhydrous ammonia appeared to be an altered 20 # LP tank normally used on outdoor grills. The suspect, Earl William Freeman, 51, of Burlington, approached officers spraying anhydrous ammonia at them.  During the altercation two officers discharged their firearm, shooting Freeman.

The officers involved in the incident are identified as Detective Chris Chiprez, a 9 year veteran of the Burlington Police Department currently assigned to the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force, and Investigator Kevin Glendening, a 9 year veteran of the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office currently assigned to their investigative unit.

Freeman was taken to Great River Medical Center (GRMC) by ambulance and later transported to Iowa City where he is being treated for his injuries.  Four officers were treated at GRMC for exposure to the anhydrous ammonia and released. 

At this time no charges have been filed.  The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) continues to investigate this incident with assistance from Lee County Attorney’s Office, Des Moines County Attorney’s Office and the Division of Narcotics Enforcement.
Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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