Police: Tama County Man Killed Estranged Wife, Self In Cedar Rapids

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By Ben Hoppenworth

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Cedar Rapids woman has been identified as the victim of Friday's murder-suicide in southwest Cedar Rapids.
The assailant has been identified as the woman's allegedly estranged husband.

Cedar Rapids police were called to a shooting incident at 6124 Dean Road SW at 4:40 p.m. Responding officers discovered the bodies of 52-year-old LuElla Koopman, of Cedar Rapids, and 54-year-old Dennis Lee Koopman, of Elberon. LuElla lived at the condominium complex where the fatal shooting occurred, police said.

Police suspect Dennis Koopman either followed his wife to her residence or was waiting there for her to arrive home. After she parked her car, Dennis Koopman allegedly blocked her in with his own vehicle. Dennis Koopman then got out of his vehicle, yelled at LuElla and opened fire with a long gun. Police said LuElla was hit multiple times and died.

Dennis then turned the long gun on himself, police said.
Police said the couple was in the process of going through a divorce, though nothing has been filed in that matter, according to Iowa Courts Online. Dennis Koopman has not had any significant run-ins with the law since the late 1980s, according to online court records.

According to her obituary, LuElla graduated from Prairie High School in 1978 and married Dennis Koopman in 1981. She was employed by Kirkwood Community College.

In addition to farming, Dennis Kooopman did custom baling and grinding as the owner of Dennis Koopman Hay & Forage Service, according to his obituary with Phillips Funeral Home. He served as a 4H leader and an adviser with the Future Farmers of America.

Police said they are not releasing any additional information on the murder-suicide.
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