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UPDATE: Officer involved in Johnson County shooting identified


Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness has released the name of the officer involved in the August 16 shooting of 24-year-old Ivan Hardemon and 22-year-old Demarco Dudley.

Lyness says that Special Agent Daniel Stepleton, a 27-year veteran of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, used "reasonable force" and "was justified" in shooting the pair during an undercover operation in the Breckenridge Trailer Court.

Lyness says that Stepleton and another undercover officer are Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement agents who are assigned to the Johnson County Drug Task Force.  On August 16 they were conducting an undercover operation in which they had arranged to buy drugs at trailer C7 in the Breckenridge Estates Trailer Court.

Lyness says that the officers arrive just before 7:00 p.m. on August 16 at which time Hardemon directed the two men into the trailer.  At that time, two men came from the back of the trailer with their face covered and holding clubs or rods.

The report says that Hardemon then took a handgun out of his backpack and told the masked men to pat down Stepleton and his partner.  Stepleton had his gun tucked into the back waistband of his pants.

Lyness says that when one of the masked men felt the gun in Stepleton's waistband, Stepleton leaned against the wall to keep the man from taking his gun.  At that point, Hardemon put his gun to Stepleton's head and stated he was going to shoot Stepleton and the other agent.

The report states that Stepleton then reached for Hardemon's gun at the same time he removed his gun from his waistband and fired four shots, hitting Hardemon in the chest and arm and Dudley in the arm twice.

Hardemon, Dudley and the other man ran from the trailer, Hardemon died in a vacant lot across the street.

Dudley was found a short time later.

Dudley's brother, 20-year-old Norman turned himself in to police on Sunday night.

A fourth suspect, 20-year-old John Mulbah, was arrested on August 17 after a four-hour stand-off in Iowa City.

Lyness says that she can't release any other details because of the pending charges against Demarco Dudley. 

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