UPDATE: Search continues for suspect that shot, wounded Sioux City police officer
By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
We're in the second day of a massive manhunt for a suspect police say shot one of their own. That officer is now out of the hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Kevin McCormick is recovering after having a bullet surgically removed from his forehead. Monday night, the search for 21-year old Jamal Dean expanded from the west side to the entire city. Police say many leads have come in. And, they believe Dean is getting help staying hidden from police.
He faces a charge of attempted murder.
A routine traffic stop in a west side alley, between West 3rd and West 4th Streets turned into the first police shooting the force has seen in 25 years. "Jamal Dean exited from the front passenger side of the vehicle with a Mossberg 22 caliber rifle and began firing into the windshield of the patrol, "said Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young.
Officer McCormick hadn't even gotten out of his patrol car yet. Young says Dean fired seven bullets into the windshield of McCormick's squad car. "The officer's instincts and training kicked in. Officer McCormick laid down in the front seat of the patrol vehicle, put it in reverse, and floored it," Young said.
A bullet wound to the forehead, didn't stop the officer from doing his duty. "He was broadcasting his status and physical description of the suspect," said Young.
McCormick, who's only been a police officer for 15 months, was released from the hospital less than 24 hours later. But, the bullet laden windshield shows how lucky he is to be alive.
Police say there were two adult females in the car with Jamal, along with three children, ages 6, 5, and 1. The children were taken into protective custody by DHS.
Although police recovered the weapon he allegedly used near the scene of the crime, the public should still consider him armed and dangerous. They say Jamal Dean is a known gang member. His street name is "Outlaw." He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in an armed robbery earlier this month. The police chief says he is also suspected in several shootings.
The search is ongoing. Police say Dean has multiple locations. The car he was pulled over in yesterday had Nebraska license plates. Police say anyone caught helping Dean escape will face serious consequences.
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