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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation continues to collect information related to a Sunday morning fatal shooting involving a Waterloo police officer.
The DCI says Officer Kyle Law discharged his weapon, hitting and killing 22-year-old Derrick Ambrose Jr. of Waterloo.
"He didn't say stop, he didn't say not one thing," said Trice Scott. "He didn't say a word all we heard was 2 gunshots."
That's how Trice Scott describes what happened to his friend - Derrick Ambrose, Jr. of Waterloo.
Scott was standing nearby at the time of the shooting.
Scott says Ambrose was just a fun guy.
"He got along with everyone," said Trice. "He was just a good guy, a cool guy."
Saturday night, the two were out at New World Lounge II in Waterloo.
It's a weekly ritual for the friends.
But this week, he says there was a fight outside.
According to a news release, the Waterloo Police Department received an emergency call indicating shots were fired at local bar, New World Lounge II, located at 504 Riehl Street, Waterloo.
The release states Officer Law was working in the area and saw Ambrose pointing a gun at a crowd of people. They say Officer Law ordered Ambrose to drop the gun but Ambrose ran from the area.
The DCI says during a brief chase, Ambrose stepped out from behind a tree. They say that's when Officer Law shot Ambrose, striking him in the head. Ambrose died at the scene.
"We want to make sure innocent bystanders aren't injured and we want to do all we can to avoid deadly force but sometimes these situations evolve to the point where deadly force is utilized," said Daniel Trelka, Waterloo Public Safety Director.
The Black Hawk County NAACP is now asking for a federal investigation.
"Waterloo, Iowa has the highest concentration of minorities...and the highest disparities of racial injustice involving the Waterloo Police Department," said Sharon Goodson, President.
"This is something that we don't want to sweep under the rug," said Frantz Whitfield, Reverend of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. "This is something that's much larger than Waterloo can handle."
The State Medical Examiner will conduct on autopsy Monday.
Officer Law is three-year veteran of the Waterloo Police Department. Law has been placed on administrative leave pending the final outcome of the investigation.
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