Iowa City police: Gun used in July 30 shooting was stolen from Cedar Rapids

Suspect faces attempted murder, robbery and theft charges

IOWA CITY — The gun used in a shooting in Iowa City last month was stolen from Cedar Rapids, police said.

Deondre J. Handley, 25, was arrested in connection with a shooting that occurred on July 30. Police said Handley and another man were driving in a Chevrolet Impala in the area of Sandusky Drive and Keokuk Street when Handley shot the other man in the back of the head. According to court documents, the victim suffered an entry wound, bleeding and a fractured skull.

Police said the other man was able to get out of the vehicle and saw that Handley was pointing a small, black handgun with a laser sight at him. Handley ordered the man to take off his pants, give them to him and not tell anyone about the incident, police said. Handley was able to get away with the man’s jeans, cellphone, shoes and $300 cash, according to police.

Handley is charged with attempted murder and first-degree robbery. He is scheduled to be arraigned on those charges Aug. 25.

Handley was arrested in Tipton and his vehicle was taken to Iowa City. According to a new charge, during a search of the vehicle, police found a loaded Smith and Wesson .380 caliber handgun with a laser sight. When the serial number on the gun was checked, officers learned the gun was stolen from Cedar Rapids. An incident report from the Cedar Rapids Police Department indicates the gun had been stolen during a burglary on July 16.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said the investigation into the July 16 residential burglary remains open.

Handley now faces an additional charge of fourth-degree theft, a serious misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail.

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