Officer-involved shooting case will go to grand jury, county attorney says

2013-02-15T12:00:00Z 2013-04-18T11:58:37Z Officer-involved shooting case will go to grand jury, county attorney saysBy JEFF REINITZ, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa — Results of the investigation into an officer-involved shooting will be presented to a grand jury, according to Black Hawk County Attorney Thomas Ferguson.

Authorities said Officer Kyle Law with the Waterloo Police Department shot Derrick Ambrose Jr., 22, after responding to a report of a fight with possible shots fired outside a Broadway Street nightclub Nov. 18. Ambrose died at the scene.

The incident is being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

On Thursday, Ferguson said he has received most of the files. He said he is still waiting for reports from some experts, and he anticipates ordering additional investigative work.

Once everything is in, the case will be submitted to a grand jury to determine if criminal charges are warranted, Ferguson said.

He declined to estimate when that would be and didn’t comment on what additional work he is seeking.

Civil rights groups have called for a federal investigation into the shooting.

According to an early DCI account, Ambrose was spotted pointing a gun at a crowd when Law arrived. Ambrose ignored Law’s command to drop the weapon and ran down Riehl Street, DCI officials said. During the chase, Ambrose stepped out from behind a tree, and Law shot, striking him in the head, the DCI account states.

Documents show that Ambrose had a permit to carry weapons, and the license was issued days earlier.

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  1. unigrad2008
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    unigrad2008 - February 18, 2013 3:43 am

    Like being against our nation and Commander in Chief? As you've said bad news for the tea party is good news for America and you just supported our tea party!
  2. reojoe
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    reojoe - February 16, 2013 4:19 pm
    This is a perfect example of why us tea party conservatives say that we MUST get a handle on big gubment. Look at the consequences of it?
  3. Fred00
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    Fred00 - February 15, 2013 8:10 pm
    This is setting a precedence that frankly, scares the heck out of me. How much more power are we going to give criminals.
  4. nerdgirl
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    nerdgirl - February 15, 2013 3:42 pm
    This should have never gotten this far. Mr. Law, I thank you for your brave actions. You have my complete support. God bless you.
  5. MrTrip
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    MrTrip - February 15, 2013 1:41 pm
    Kyle Law was just doing his job, if this were Chicago, it wouldn't be a big deal at all, just another day on the job. I stand behind the officer 100% - get the scum out of Waterloo Mr. Law, you have my support.
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