Public Safety

Man shot by Iowa City police now facing charges

He used pickup as battering ram in trying to escape

Michael Cintron Caceres
Michael Cintron Caceres

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City man shot by police May 9 after using a truck as a battering ram has been charged for his role in a confrontation that police said put lives at risk.

Michael A. Cintron Caceres, 35, has been charged with first-degree criminal mischief, assault on peace officers with a dangerous weapon and interference with official acts.

In an investigation, the Johnson County attorney found the two officers who shot Cintron Caceres were justified in their use of force.

A report on the incident said police responded to a burglary at Pizza Hut, 1926 Keokuk St., at 2:07 a.m. May 9. Twenty minutes later, another burglar alarm went off nearby at The Second Act, 538 Olympic Court.

Responding officers located a man, later identified as Cintron Caceres, near The Second Act.

Cintron Caceres fled from officers and entered Big Ten Rentals, 1820 Boyrum St., after climbing a chain-link fence.

Police found Cintron Caceres hiding in the back seat of a Ford F-450 pickup. He ignored offiers’ commands to show his hands, climbed into the driver’s seat and started the truck.

Cintron Caceres smashed the truck into objects in front of and behind him multiple times, and one officer and his K-9 partner had no place to take shelter.

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Police unsuccessfully tried to deploy a Taser through a broken truck window. Two officers eventually shot at Cintron Caceres, who suffered two wounds, one in each shoulder.

Cintron Caceres admitted to being high on crack cocaine during the incident, authorities said.

Cintron Caceres has been in custody since May 14 on charges related to previous crimes, including two counts of first-degree robbery.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agents investigated the officer-involved shooting and presented their findings to Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness, who exonerated the officers in June.

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