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Gunman Opens Fire On Police Officer’s Home In Targeted Attack

Cedar Rapids, IA – A gunman opened fire on an off-duty Cedar Rapids police officer’s home the night of April 8, according to police.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department (CRPD) described the attack as a “targeted shooting” in a press release the following day.

Calls of shots being fired in the Cherry Hill neighborhood started pouring into the 911 center beginning at 11:27 p.m. on April 8, according to police.

Officers responded to the scene and discovered that one of their fellow officer’s home, garage, and take-home patrol vehicle had been riddled with bullets.

The officer was off-duty at the time.

Police said they did not receive any reports of injuries.

The shooter remained on the loose Saturday afternoon.

CRPD Chief Wayne Jerman said the department is determined to find those responsible for this “intentional violent act” and said they will be held accountable for their “violent behavior,” according to the press release.

“Evidence points to this being a targeted shooting toward a sworn peace officer,” Chief Jerman wrote. “It was deliberate. It was an act of intimidation and violence and we will not tolerate it. We pursue all shots-fired incidents as serious, senseless actions and as such, receive our complete attention through the full legal process.”

The CRPD did not release the exact address where the shooting took place due to safety concerns, KCRG reported.

They agency also did not release the targeted officer’s identity.

Chief Jerman urged anyone with information about the incident or those responsible to contact investigators immediately.

“This is the time for anyone with knowledge of this incident to come forward and help ensure this violence stops now,” he said.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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