February 23, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation have identified Arnell States, age 39, of Cedar Rapids, as the suspect involved in the February 20th homicide investigation of Katrina Brinson.  

States was shot by a Cedar Rapids police officer who was first to arrive on a 911 call following the report of a disturbance at the Rodeway Inn located at 4011 16th Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids. The victims directed the officer to States, who was observed running from the scene.  After the shooting, medical treatment was immediately given to States. States was transported to a local hospital and today, February 23, 2021, States succumbed to his injuries.  An autopsy will be performed by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner.

Per department policy, the officer remains on paid administrative leave.  The officer’s name will be released after the officer is interviewed by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  

No additional information will be released at this time.


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.

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