UPDATE: Police raid Waterloo home one day after city's first homicide of the year
WATERLOO (KWWL) -
UPDATE: 520 Elm Street has been the scene of many police reports and shots fired over the years.
We spoke with a neighbor who says police presence is nothing new there, but the scene from Monday night was different.
"Tiny" Matt Stockeland says, "It was long overdue. I got nothing against my neighbors but if they want to play war...Waterloo PD doesn't play war."
This raid comes a little more than 24 hours after Waterloo's first homicide of the year. We asked Police Chief Dan Trelka if the two are connected.
He replied, "Let me just say that this raid was timely. We are still sorting through it but it was a very timely search that was conducted."
He says the investigation is moving along but he's asking for the community's support during a difficult time in our nation. If you see something, say something.
He says, "What's sad is that there's a lot of tension in our industry right now. I hear it in our officer's voices, I see it in their actions, I hear it while speaking with them, and I feel it."
A family is already mourning the loss of a 21-year-old this week. Take it from Stockeland, it takes an entire community to make a change.
Stockeland says, "I'm not snitching on you for my gain. I'm reporting the dangerous element and violence that you are bringing to the children of my community."
It's important to point out that because this home is a chronic nuisance, the owner is charged every time an officer is there. Trelka says Dorothy Spates will be charged $50 for every single officer there during last night's raid.
So far no arrests have been made.
Updated by: Lauren Moss
Waterloo Police are investigating at a home on Elm Street.
A KWWL crew saw many officers on scene last night and police say some are still there this morning.
Police would not confirm why they are there, only to say it's a follow-up investigation.
The home is along the 500 block of Elm. Police have been called to that street many times over the years.
KWWL will stay on top of this story as it develops throughout the day.
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