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Waterloo officials discuss officer- involved shooting

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Waterloo officials are sharing more details about the officer-involved shooting that happened early Sunday morning. Derrick Ambrose, Junior died after being shot.  Officer Kyle Law is now on administrative leave while state investigators look into the case.

Mayor Buck Clark says gun violence in the city is getting out of control.  And he says it's becoming a bigger problem not just in Waterloo, but in Cedar Rapids and across the country.

Ambrose is being accused of waving a gun at a crowd before being chased by officers on foot.

Waterloo's Director of Safety Service, Dan Trelka, says the case is still in the hands of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. An autopsy has been performed on Ambrose, but those results still have not yet been released.

Some Waterloo resident have suggested the shooting was racially motivated,  but Trelka says that is untrue.

"The officers do all they can, regardless of race and beliefs. It's our role and our goal to protect this community and have a blindfold on our eyes in regards to any issue such as that," said Trelka.

Trelka is also asking that if anyone has any new information about the weekend shooting to call Black Hawk County Dispatch and they will relay the message to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Some neighbors in this area of Waterloo are blaming the concentration of businesses that sell alcohol. Neighbors say the violence in the area has increased as more liquor stores moved in.

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