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'Complicated investigation:' Cedar Rapids police talk shooting

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A Cedar Rapids man is letting people know he's OK after he said he was shot three times by police over the weekend.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation also released some new details Monday afternoon surrounding the three people involved in an officer-involved shooting in Cedar Rapids. 

Authorities say over the weekend, 27-year-old Kyle Russell Orth crashed into a telephone pole early Sunday morning, then recklessly drove right at two police officers while they were outside of their squad cars.

Police then fired multiple shots at Orth.

Orth was treated and released from the hospital, with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, and was not arrested. 

Cedar Rapids police say there was a woman in the car during the shooting, but her injures were sustained from the crash.

The DCI says the two officers who fired those shots are Jeremy Depies and Brandon Tinta. They've been with Cedar Rapids police for three-and-a-half  years and are on paid administrative leave.

As of Monday evening, authorities still aren't saying why Orth, who was driving a orange 2015 BMW M4, is walking free -- despite investigators saying officers so feared for their own lives that they fired several shots.

"The investigation is ongoing, and it's a fairly complicated investigation involving the DCI," said Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman.

When we asked Jerman why this case is so complicated, he told us, "that's part of the investigation."

The investigation starting in an alleyway between Center Point Road and Daniels Street NE Sunday morning.

Officers say they saw Orth driving the BMW with dealership license plates on it at a high rate of speed before eventually crashing into a telephone phone in the alley.

We sifted through online court records and found out Orth has multiple past convictions, including first-degree theft along with second- and third-degree burglary.

Chief Jerman says the facts and circumstances are still being looked at.

"We want to ensure that a thorough and complete investigation is completed and then forward this investigation as a package to the Linn County attorney for his review," said Jerman, adding that investigation would include "the facts and circumstances that lead to the shooting."

KWWL is the only station to show video of the bullet-riddled BMW, with flat tires and a busted back window. 

Our crews also noticed a bullet hole in the back end of the squad car.

Jerman says there are several DCI agents assigned to this case and both officers are scheduled to be interviewed by the DCI later this week.

We also took a screenshot of public Facebook wall posts made by Kyle Orth and his friends on Monday.

"I appreciate all the support I have received from my friends and loved ones," Orth posted Monday night. "Thanks to all of you who have sent me encouraging messages and for all the prayers."

"Was that seriously you?" asked a friend.

Another said, "Wow that's crazy, hope you're OK."

Orth responded, "I'm as good as a person shot 3 times can be."

Orth's profile also notes he works at Zimmerman Auto Center as a sales consultant, though his photo was removed from Zimmerman's website on Monday.

Zimmerman's website also features a strikingly-similar 2015 BMW M4 Coupe on its website. The car retails for more than $75,000, according to Zimmerman.

Original story: http://www.kwwl.com/story/28643697/neighbors-describe-officer-involved-shooting-iowa-dci-investigating
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