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Police release new details in homeless man death

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Police have released new details in an officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of a homeless man.

On Friday night, police responded to the 300 block of Prentiss Street. Police say 63-year-old John Phillip Bohnenkamp and his wife were walking across the street when they got in an argument with 26-year-old John Bior Deng. The argument escalated into a physical confrontation and Deng stabbed Bohnenkamp in the side.

45-year-old Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Terry Stotler was passing by and saw the fight. Stotler tried to stop the fight and notified dispatch about the problem. Stotler was on duty, but in plain clothes. He showed his wallet badge and verbally identified himself before telling the men to stop fighting.

Police say Deng was holding a knife and threatening Bohnenkamp. Deputy Stotler drew his gun and ordered Deng to drop the knife. Deng reportedly ignored the command and moved toward Bohnenkamp with the knife. Deputy Stotler fired one round that hit Deng in the left side.

Deng and Bohnenkamp were taken to the hospital. Deng died from the single gunshot wound. An autopsy has been completed, but will not be finalized until the toxicology reports are available.

Police have no known address for Deng and consider him to be a transient. Anyone with information about Deng's friends or family are asked to contact the Iowa City Police. Deng was carrying a Texas I.D.

Bohnenkamp underwent emergency surgery and was released from the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Deputy Stotler has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation which is standard practice for officer involved shootings.

Police have interviewed several witnesses who saw the events from different viewpoints. Police say all of the accounts have included the same basic facts. Police are still investigating and asking for anyone with information to come forward.

Because a Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy was involved, once the investigation is complete, it will be sent to the Attorney General's Office for review to avoid a conflict of interest with the Johnson County Attorney's Office.

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