Grand Jury: No Charges Filed in Waterloo Officer-Involved Shooting

Derrick Ambrose Jr., 22 years old shot by a Waterloo police officer on November 18, 2012.

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By Ellen Kurt

WATERLOO, Iowa – A Black Hawk County Grand Jury reviewed the shooting death of Derrick Ambrose Junior and decided that charges should not be filed against the Waterloo Police Officer who shot him.

Officer Kyle Law shot and killed Ambrose in November of 2012. The DCI’s investigation found Ambrose was involved in an altercation inside the New World Lounge and he went to his car, got a 9 mm handgun and then returned to the scene. When the officer got out of his car at the bar, he said he saw Ambrose with a gun in his hand. Law drew his gun and ordered Ambrose to drop his weapon.

Witnesses say Ambrose saw and heard the officer and then he started to run away. During the foot chase, Ambrose fell and the officer came up behind him and told him to stay on the ground. As Ambrose stood up, the officer said he turned toward him and he fired his gun twice as he felt his life was in danger, although he did not know that Ambrose no longer had the gun in his hand.

The entire incident took place in less than one minute. It was not caught on Law’s squad car camera or audio because he was so close to the scene that he didn’t turn on the lights on his car. Those lights and siren activate the car’s recording equipment.

The Black Hawk County Attorney says the grand jury met for five days over two weeks and heard testimony from over 70 witnesses and experts. The DCI crime lab and the State Medical Examiner’s office also helped in the investigation.
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