Investigations Underway In Cedar Rapids Homicide and Officer-Involved Shooting

Richard Rahn
Special Agent in Charge

February 20, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -  At 1:46 a.m., the Cedar Rapids Communication Agency received a report of a disturbance at the Rodeway Inn located at 4011 16th Ave SW in Cedar Rapids.

At the time of the 911 call, a uniformed Cedar Rapids police officer was in the area on routine patrol and quickly responded. Inside the motel, the officer was met by two adult females with apparent knife wounds. The women directed the officer to a man running from the motel. The officer gave chase and during an encounter, the officer fired shots, striking the man. Medical attention was provided and the man was transported to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries are not known. The officer was not injured.

Additional responding officers and medical service personnel provided medical attention to the two females, who were each transported to a local hospital. One of the females died at the hospital. The extent of the injuries to the other is not being released at this time.

There is a known link between the man shot and the female victims.

The Cedar Rapid Police Department (CPRD) is investigating the woman’s death as a homicide. 

At the request of CRPD, the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Major Crime Unit, is conducting an independent investigation into the circumstances which led to the officer-involved shooting. 

The CRPD officer who fired the shots has been placed on paid administrative leave, per departmental policy.
At this time, no names are being released. Additional information will be released when available.



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