Hiawatha Sunset Village Shooting Update     

Richard Rahn
Special Agent in Charge

June 1, 2020

HIAWATHA, Iowa – On May 30, 2020, at approximately 11:40 PM, Hiawatha Police were dispatched to the Sunset Village Mobile Home Park for a disturbance.  Upon officers' arrival, four subjects were located suffering from gunshot wounds. Three of the subjects received treatment and were transported to local hospitals.  One of the subjects was pronounced deceased at the scene. That subject has been identified as Joshua Lathrop, 31, of Hiawatha.  

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Major Crime Unit was requested to respond to the scene and conduct an investigation. The investigation is ongoing and DCI is being assisted by the Hiawatha Police Department, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol, and Area Ambulance.  

The investigation is ongoing.  Those with information related to the shooting are asked to contact the Hiawatha Police Department.  



The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.