WATERLOO – Authorities have recovered what appears to be a BB gun that looks like a real rifle at the scene of the officer-involved shooting early Wednesday.
The shooting injured a man who was carrying what appeared to be a long gun that he aimed at Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputies and began chasing them.
Waterloo Police and the Sheriff’s Office declined to comment about the suspect’s weapon and referred questions to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, which is handling the probe. The DCI involvement is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.
Photos from the scene show what appears to be a lever-action rifle on the sidewalk with the words “Red Ryder” scrawled on the stock next to a disposable lighter, a wallet and a folding knife. Red Ryder is a popular BB gun band.
Photos from the scene also show a bullet hole in the windshield of a Waterloo Police Department squad car. Police declined to comment about the bullet hole.
According to police, a passerby called to a report of a man with what appeared to be a rifle walking in the area of Commercial and West 11th streets heading toward downtown around 12:45 a.m.
Officers with the Waterloo Police Department and deputies with the Black Hawk Sheriff’s Office responded, according to officials.
Two deputies found the suspect a few blocks away in the area of Commercial and West Sixth, near the foot of the West Sixth Street Bridge.
As they made contact with the man, he pointed the weapon at one deputy at hip level and chased after the deputy. A responding Waterloo police officer observed what was occurring and fired his patrol rifle at the male, striking him twice.
Paramedics with Waterloo Fire Rescue took the suspect to UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, and he was then flown to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for further treatment.
Authorities said he is expected to survive.
The deputies and officers weren’t injured.