Fugitive wanted for shooting officer captured
SIOUX CITY, IA -- The hunt for a man accused of shooting an Iowa police officer is over, authorities said Saturday after announcing his capture in southeast Texas.
Jamal Dean, 21, was arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety without incident during a traffic stop in Riviera, Texas, the Sioux City Journal reported. He was booked into the Kleberg County Jail in Kingsville, Texas.
Several agencies learned on Friday that Dean may be in Texas. They said he was possibly trying to reach the border between the United States and Mexico. He was stopped in a Dodge Durango going south on Highway 77. Riviera is about 105 miles north of the border crossing in Brownsville, Texas.
Dean was a passenger in the vehicle stopped by police in Texas. Several people were in the car, and it's unclear if they face charges.
The manhunt for Dean began Monday after a vehicle in which he was a passenger was pulled over by Sioux City Officer Kevin McCormick for a routine traffic stop. While McCormick was still in his cruiser, Dean is accused of getting out and firing eight shots from a rifle toward the vehicle.
McCormick was shot in the forehead above the right eye, but he was later released from the hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.
The shooting led to a house-to-house search in Sioux City, and the hunt spread to Omaha, but it turned up nothing. A $15,000 reward was offered for information that would lead to Dean's arrest.
Police don't know if anyone will receive a reward.
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