SIOUX CITY, Iowa --- Police on Tuesday said the officer shot during a traffic stop Monday was able to stay calm and describe the suspect over the radio after being wounded. Police are still searching for the suspect.
Officer Kevin McCormick was shot at eight times during the incident, in the 1300 block of West Fourth Street, police said. A bullet hit his forehead above the right eye, requiring surgery to be removed, said police Chief Doug Young during a press conference Tuesday.
McCormick, who joined the force last year, is expected to recover.
Young said McCormick pulled over the vehicle because a woman in the car was not wearing a seat belt Three children also were the car, he said.
Before McCormick got out of the cruiser, Jamal Dean, 22, began shooting a gun at the police car, Young said.
Dean was seen running southwest in between houses carrying a rifle. Area schools were put into lockdown.
Young said police searched house to house. Dean could still be in the neighborhood or elsewhere, Young said.
He is described as black, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 230 pounds. He has a tattoo that says “Outlaw” on the right side of his neck and was wearing all black at the time of the incident, police said. Police said he has gang connections.
McCormick graduated from Briar Cliff University with a major in criminal justice last year. He joined the Sioux City Police Department in February 2012. His dad is Sioux City police Sgt. Mike McCormick.
Young said Kevin McCormick lied down in the car and put the cruiser in reverse to escape gunfire. His call came into the police Communications Center at 3:10 p.m.
"I can't believe I'm talking to you guys right now because I've got a bullet in my forehead,” he said.
Dean is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 712-258-8477.
Young urged Dean to turn himself in. He said numerous agencies are working on the case.
“Give yourself up,” Young said. “You will be caught, there’s no doubt about that.”
SIOUX CITY, Iowa --- Authorities were still searching Tuesday morning for a man suspected of shooting a Sioux City police officer during a traffic stop.
Police say Jamal Dean, 22, shot an officer with a rifle in an alley on the 1300 block of West Fourth Street about 3 p.m. Monday.
Investigators have not released the name of the officer, who is expected to recover.
Dean is described as black, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 230 pounds. He has a tattoo that says “Outlaw” on the right side of his neck and was wearing all black at the time of the incident, police said.
He was last seen Dean running southwest in between houses carrying a rifle. The west Sioux City neighborhood was cordoned off as police searched door to door. Area schools were put into lockdown.
Dean is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or 712-258-8477.