DCI reviewing officer-involved shooting, but details of incident still unclear

Cedar Rapids police officer shot a 17-year-old male at an auto parts store

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is still interviewing witnesses to an officer-involved shooting last weekend at a Cedar Rapids auto parts store.

The 17-year-old male shot more than once by Cedar Rapids Police Officer Zachary McKinstry is still hospitalized.

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman and DCI Special Agent Darrell Simmons would provide few details about the incident. Questions remain about how many times the teen was shot, what happened immediately before the shooting and whether there is surveillance video from Advance Auto Parts, 3910 Center Point Rd., NE.

"At this point in time, I'm not going to release anything," Simmons said. “I’m still interviewing people involved in the situation before, during and after."

Simmons' review will be turned over to Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden, who will decide whether McKinstry was justified in shooting the teenager.

McKinstry, who graduated from the Cedar Rapids Police Academy last December, is on administrative leave until the review is done.

Witnesses told police the 17-year-old was kicking a vehicle in the Advance Auto Parts parking lot just before 7 a.m. Saturday. A store employee approached the teen, who then advanced on him, police reported. The employee went into the store and locked the door, but the 17-year-old was able to gain entrance, police said.

McKinstry arrived at the store at 7:07 a.m. A minute later he reported shots were fired and requested backup.

The employee suffered minor injuries and McKinstry was not injured.