Update: Cedar Rapids Homicide Victim Identified

Richard Rahn
Special Agent in Charge

February 22, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids Police Department has identified the February 20, 2021, homicide victim as Katrina Latrese Brinson, age 34, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner performed Brinson’s autopsy this morning, ruling her manner of death as a homicide and the cause of death as sharp-edged trauma. 

A second female, age 32, also was stabbed during this incident.  She was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released. The on-going investigation includes her assault by the suspect.         

The name of the suspect shot by a Cedar Rapids police officer is being withheld; pending notification of the suspect’s family.  The suspect remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The name of the Cedar Rapids police officer will be released after the officer’s interview with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  

No additional information will be released at this time.

DCI Press Release - February 20, 2021


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