Public Safety

Officer-involved shooting in Iowa City under investigation by DCI

Iowa City police near 538 Olympic Court in Iowa City on Thursday, May 9, 2019. (Lee Hermiston/The Gazette)
Iowa City police near 538 Olympic Court in Iowa City on Thursday, May 9, 2019. (Lee Hermiston/The Gazette)
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IOWA CITY — Two Iowa City police officers fired their weapons, injuring one person, early Thursday, in an officer-involved shooting being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

The officers were responding to a burglary alarm at The Second Act, 538 Olympic Court, south of Highway 6, around 2:27 a.m. when the person — who was not identified — was shot.

The person was hospitalized; no condition was available.

The officers, who were not injured and who were not identified, will be on administrative leave while the DCI investigates, as is the policy in any officer-involved shooting.

DCI Special Agent Ryan Herman said he could not release information about the incident until the officers are interviewed. Those interviews have not been scheduled, he said.

Hours after the shooting, crime tape surrounded a portion of Penske Truck Rental, 1820 Boyrum St., which is behind The Second Act.

The Iowa City police activity log also shows officers responded to a burglary alarm at 2:07 a.m. at Pizza Hut, 1926 Keokuk St., which is a short distance from The Second Act.

This is the Iowa City Police Department’s first officer-involved shooting in seven-and-a-half years.

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On Dec. 4, 2011, Chad Newmire was shot with a handgun, a stun gun and a beanbag gun when officers responded to his Iowa City home after relatives reported he had expressed suicidal thoughts.

When police arrived at Newmire’s home on Summit Street, officers discovered he had a gun tucked into his waistband. Officers attempted to talk with Newmire and get him to go to the hospital but fired at him when he reached for the gun.

After an investigation, Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness said Officer Aliro Arcenas, who’d fired his handgun, was justified in his actions. Newmire survived and was not charged.

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