April 29, 2024

TRAER, Iowa - On April 29, 2024, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation's (DCI) Major Crime Unit and the Tama County Sheriff’s Office arrested Huston Danker, 27, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Danker was arrested for his role in the shooting death of Ryan Cooper on June 18, 2021. Danker was transported to the Tama County Sheriff’s Office and was charged with Murder in the First Degree, a Class A Felony. Danker is being held at the Tama County Jail, bond to be determined. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this investigation can contact the Tama County Sheriff’s Office at 641.484.4111, the DCI at 515.725.6010, or by email at dciinfo@dps.state.ia.us.

No further information will be released at this time. 

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

Complaint and Affidavit

Photo of Huston Danker



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