UPDATE: Details emerge on police lieutenant shooting
Lt. Scott Baxter
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Suspect, officer and witness accounts are painting a clearer picture of the Knicker's Saloon armed robbery and subsequent police shootout last Thursday in downtown Dubuque.
According to court documents, surveillance video from Knicker's shows suspects identified as Eddie Chest and his son Eddie Adams entering the bar wearing ski masks and carrying guns.
According to Knicker's employees, one of the armed men demanded money. Adams allegedly pointed a sawed-off shotgun at bartender June McGinnis and demanded she empty the register and safe. According to documents, Chest was yelling, "Kill her, just f***ing kill her!" Owners later confirmed more than $3,500 was stolen.
A customer called 911 during the robbery, and Lieutenant Scott Baxter was the first to arrive. According to court documents, Baxter saw both men leave Knicker's and ordered them to stop. Adams fled down Central Avenue. Meantime, Baxter followed Chest into a parking lot, when Chest turned and fired a shotgun at Baxter.
The shot knocked Baxter to the ground, but he fired his duty weapon before falling to the ground. Baxter rose to his feet and called for an ambulance when he realized he was shot. Baxter saw Chest crouching near his shotgun, and Baxter fired a second shot.
Witnesses say a man later identified as Adams went to a gold Chrysler Utility 4-door vehicle. Police found the car on the 2100 block of Central Avenue and found a loaded sawed-off shotgun, money, ski-masks, cloth bags and clothing matching the description of one of the robbers.
Police found Adams at his girlfriend's house at 1355 Bluff Street #2. He had more than $2,000 on him and was arranging a ride to Rockford, Illinois.
While in the hospital, Chest told police he and his son robbed Knicker's, and he had been "waving the gun around to show them that he meant business." Chest remains in the hospital.
Baxter was shot with a single shotgun blast that wounded his lower abdomen, left thigh, right wrist, and left upper arm. Surgeons couldn't safely remove the steel shot with out causing more injury. He was released from the hospital Friday.
Both Adams and Chest are being held on $500,000 cash bond for their three felony charges of attempted murder, 1st degree robbery and illegally possessing an offensive weapon. Adams is also being held on no bond for an unrelated probation violation.
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