Public Safety

Police arrest suspect in Saturday's fatal Cedar Rapids shooting

Jermaine A. Walker
Jermaine A. Walker

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police arrested a 36-year-old man Sunday night, in connection with the Saturday morning shooting that killed 31-year-old Wayne Trabrai Jones.

According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Jermaine A. Walker, of Cedar Rapids, was taken into custody Sunday night.

Walker faces charges of first-degree murder, going armed with intent, intimidation with a weapon and possession of a firearm as a felon.

Officers responded at about 5:45 a.m. Saturday to a residence at 932 38th Street SE early where they found Jones suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds. Jones, of Cedar Rapids, later died at a hospital.

The body was sent to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny for autopsy.

Through their investigation, police said they identified Walker as a suspect in the shooting. Walker was located inside a vehicle at about 9:15 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Hy-Vee at 4035 Mount Vernon Road SE, and taken into custody, police said.

He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Linn County District Court Monday morning.

Jones’ death was the city’s second homicide in four days.

Reginald L. Ward Jr., 27, of Moline, Ill., died at 4:40 a.m. Thursday at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital.

Ward was sustained life-threatening gunshot wounds early Wednesday at a Kum & Go on First Avenue East. No arrests have been made.

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Police were called to the Kum & Go at 3134 First Ave. NE at 7:52 a.m. Wednesday, where they found Ward with life-threatening injuries. Officers also found shell casings.

Buelow said a silver, possibly four-door, vehicle was seen leaving the scene and heading west on First Avenue.

Police said the shooting likely was not random.

Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to contact police at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-(800) 272-7463.

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