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For immediate release:  
August 17, 2018


Officer Involved Shooting in Creston

The name of the suspect in the shooting has been identified as Christopher J. Cameron, 31, of Creston, Iowa.  An Autopsy was completed by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner on August 15, 2018.  The final autopsy report is still pending.

The name of the Creston Police Officer that fired his service weapon is Sergeant Jared Auten.  Sergeant Auten has 12 years of law enforcement experience. 

No additional information is being released at this time.

Previous Release - 08/14/2018

On Monday, August 13, 2018, the Union County Dispatch Center received a 911 call at approximately 11:55 p.m. in reference to a report of a male subject with a gun sitting on a bench in McKinley Park in Creston, Iowa. The Creston Police Department and the Union County Sheriff’s office responded to McKinley Park.

Upon arriving in the area, law enforcement members located a male subject on a bench in McKinley Park.  Law Enforcement officers confronted the male subject and tried speaking with the male subject for several minutes.  The male subject advanced on law enforcement officers who ordered the male subject to stop and show his hands.  The male subject refused to obey the orders of the officers and then advanced quickly on the officers.  An officer with the Creston Police Department engaged the subject and fired his weapon striking the male subject.  The subject was given medical aid immediately but later died from his injuries.

The body has been transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa where an autopsy will be conducted on August 15, 2018.

The officer involved in this incident has been placed on paid administrative leave per Creston Police Department Policy until the completion of the investigation.

The Creston Police Department is being assisted in the investigation by Agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Crime Scene Team from the DCI Criminalistics Laboratory.

No additional information will be released at this time.

Media contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Michael Motsinger, (515) 729-3706.


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