Public Safety

Alleged shooter in death of 18-year-old Marisa Doolin arrested, police said

Larenzo Laroy Burnett
Larenzo Laroy Burnett

CEDAR RAPIDS — An arrest has been made in the death of an 18-year-old woman who suffered fatal gunshot wounds Dec. 22 at a southwest Cedar Rapids apartment.

Larenzo L. Burnett, 20, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with a witness. When he was charged, Burnett already was in custody at the Linn County Jail on unrelated charges, according to the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

According to the criminal complaint, Burnett, Doolin and a third person were in the second-floor apartment at 2110 Westdale Dr. SW when Doolin was shot.

Doolin and Burnett were alone in the living room and the third person, who has not been publicly identified, was in another room when a single gunshot was fired, the complaint states.

Both Burnett and the third person then fled the apartment.

Doolin was found at 3:25 p.m.

The complaint states she was found lying on the couch with a single gunshot wound to the left side of her face. She was unresponsive when police arrived, the document states.

Doolin was rushed to a Cedar Rapids hospital, then transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where she was declared legally dead Dec. 26.

Based on interviews and evidence collected at the scene, police said they identified Burnett as a suspect.

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The criminal complaint states Burnett and the third person initially told police Doolin was shot by an unknown subject, through a window from outside the apartment. But police said there was no corresponding damage to any windows in the apartment and a single shell casing was found inside.

Burnett later told police he was waving the gun in Doolin’s face and the firearm accidentally discharged when she tried to push it away.

Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said Burnett and Doolin knew each other, but he declined to provide more information, citing the ongoing investigation.

After the shooting, Burnett threatened the third person, telling the witness not to talk to the police and “to be ready for whatever is coming to him,” police said.

Police said Burnett made the threat at 8:01 p.m. Dec. 28 — two days after Doolin was pronounced dead — when he called the third person from the Linn County Jail.

Police said Doolin died as the result of the gunshot wound.

Involuntary manslaughter is Class D felony and tampering with a witness is an aggravated misdemeanor.

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