WATERLOO — Sheriff’s officials have released the name of the deputy who fired gunshots during a chase through Waterloo and Black Hawk County on Nov. 22.
On Thursday, the sheriff’s office identified the officer as Deputy Joe Schmidt, a 15-year veteran of the office. Schmidt remains on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.No one was injured in the shooting.
The Waterloo Police Department is investigating the incident, and the findings will be presented to the Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office.
According to authorities and court records, a Waterloo police officer attempted to stop Eric John Norelius, 35, for speeding on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at 4:45 a.m., and the pursuit lasted about half an hour, traveling into rural Black Hawk County before returning to Waterloo.
As it passed through Cedar Bend Street and Longfellow Avenue, Schmidt and a Waterloo officer were out of their vehicles setting up Stop Sticks when the fleeing truck left the roadway and crossed a grassy area near the deputy, who fired at the vehicle.
The pursuit continued until Norelius reached his home on Allen Street, and he was arrested on misdemeanor eluding and driving charges and issued traffic citations. He has since been released from jail pending trial.