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NEW DETAILS: Public's help leads to homeless man's family

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Authorities are releasing more details after a Johnson County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a transient who apparently stabbed a bar patron with a knife.

Police identified the homeless man who was killed as 26-year-old John Deng. They say he was shot as he threatened John Bohnenkamp of Iowa City with a knife.

Following the shooting, Deputy Terry Stotler was placed on an administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Sgt. Troy Kelsay says the three men were within 15 feet of each other when the shooting occurred. He added that the stabbing was not the only physical part of the altercation between Deng and Bohnenkamp, but declined to give further details.

The investigation of the incident is expected to take a couple of months.

Investigators had difficulty locating surviving family of Deng and appealed to the public for help. Many persons offered suggestions, leads, and conducted research of their own. As a direct result of that assistance, investigators have located surviving family members residing in Omaha, Nebraska.

Wednesday afternoon, investigators met with the two family members at the Iowa City Police Department. The two men positively identified Deng. Additionally, they told investigators they had last spoken with Deng by phone in June of this year. They were unaware that Deng was homeless.

Funeral arrangements are pending arrangements by surviving family.

Police are extremely appreciative of the assistance given in this effort. In particular, the research and information provided by an Iowa City woman proved to be key.

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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