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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
April 2, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Cedar Rapids Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Update

Please note: Below is a press release from the Cedar Rapids Police Department. This is not a press release directly from the Iowa DCI. The Iowa DCI is conducting this investigation. Any media inquiries should be directed to Greg M. Buelow, Public Safety Communications Coordinator for the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 521-5889 or (319) 286-5163.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – April 2, 2015 – The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) continues to process evidence, conduct interviews and work on the investigation of the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, March 29, 2015.  The DCI was called to investigate the incident from the start and the Cedar Rapids Police Department continues to cooperate as the investigation continues.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is asking for the public’s understanding of the logistics and necessary time that is required as this investigation moves forward.  Both the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Iowa DCI are committed to a thorough and transparent investigation that is grounded in facts and evidence.  The Iowa DCI must have adequate time to complete the investigation, organize the case and present it to the Linn County Attorney’s Office.  No charges will be filed until the Linn County Attorney reviews the case and makes any decision. 

The investigation involves an independent state agency (DCI) and the Linn County Attorney’s Office and will take some time to complete.  The investigation and submission of a complete report to the Linn County Attorney’s Office could take in excess of 30 days.  It will then be the Linn County Attorney who files any and all charges.

If there is any additional information that can be released to the public, the Cedar Rapids Police Department will do so with the consent of the Iowa DCI and Linn County Attorney’s Office.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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