County Attorney Receives DCI Reports on Officer-involved Shooting

By Christy Aumer, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Investigative reports about an officer-involved shooting in Cedar Rapids are now in the hands of Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden, who will review the case to see if the officer’s actions were justified.

Agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation reviewed the shooting on Dec. 4 that killed 27-year-0ld Desirae A. Daniel following a police chase. Vander Sanden told The Gazette he received the DCI report Friday, and he said he would give the case his immediate attention.

Vander Sanden said his written conclusions would be made public as soon as possible, but he declined to speculate how long his review would take.

Cedar Rapids police tried to stop Daniel around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 when they said she committed a traffic violation near the intersection of F Avenue and 19th Street NW. The chase ended when Daniel stopped in the 200 block of 27th Street NW, and Officers Mitchell Magill and Adrienne Phelps approached the car.

Officials said Daniel pulled a gun on the two officers, who then open fire. Authorities said a handgun was recovered from Daniel’s vehicle. Daniel died a short time later at St. Luke’s Hospital.

The DCI finished its investigation in mid-December. Since then, the agency had been compiling and organizing the information for review.

Officers Magill and Phelps have been on paid administrative leave since the incident.
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