Man arrested in connection with Cedar Rapids shooting that left woman brain dead

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police arrested a 24-year-old man on a first-degree murder charge Friday evening in connection with a Monday shooting that left a woman brain dead and on life support.

Police arrested Zackary Dillon Ildefonso at 4:51 p.m. at 2925 Johnson Ave. NW on a multitude of charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police said Heidi Lou Alberta Stephens, 33, was shot Monday evening and found lying in a front yard in the 1500 block of Second Avenue SE at 6:21 p.m.

Stephens was taken to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital, where she was declared brain dead at 11 a.m. Wednesday, police said. She was put on life support to facilitate organ donation.

Ildefonso also is charged with going armed with intent, intimidation with a weapon causing injury, carrying weapons and trafficking in stolen weapons. He also was charged with second-degree burglary and possession of stolen property, stemming from a separate incident, police said.

Ildefonso was taken to the Linn County Jail. The investigation is onging, police said.

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