Authorities Identify Men Shot During Iowa City Narcotics Investigation

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - A 24-year-old man shot and killed during an undercover drug investigation east of Iowa City on Thursday night has been identified as Ivan Carl Hardemon.

A second suspect involved in the Thursday incident who was shot and hospitalized has been identified as Demarco Dudley.

During a press conference Friday afternoon, Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness said the shooting occurred during an undercover operation at trailer 7C in the Breckenridge Estate mobile home, 4494 Taft Ave., on Thursday evening. Specifically, two Division of Narcotics Enforcement agents assigned to the Johnson County Drug Task Force were involved in the shooting.

Lyness said that Dudley was driven from the Breckenridge mobile home park shortly after the shooting and dropped off at the entrance of Bon Aire Mobile Home Park in Iowa City. Investigators believe his brother, Norman Dudley, drove him in a red Buick LeSabre, Iowa license plate 272ZRY.

The vehicle was later found abandoned on Regal Lane near the corner of Lakeside Drive.

Investigators are trying to find Norman Dudley and John Mulbah, who are believed to have been present at or nearby the shooting. Anyone with information can call the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center at 319-358-6800.

Officers said they're following up on both the shooting and the original narcotics investigation that led to the fatal shooting. It's unclear whether any of the suspects involved will face charges related to drugs or the altercation with officers.

The agents involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave pending a review of the incident.
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