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DCI Completes Investigation into Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - State police investigators have completed their investigation of an officer-involved shooting that left a Cedar Rapids woman dead.

Bill Kietzman, special agent in charge with the Division of Criminal Investigation, said his office was preparing a final report to submit to the Linn County Attorney's Office to determine if the shooting was justified. Details of the investigation are being kept confidential until the case is complete.

Desirae A. Daniel, 27, was shot by police on the morning of Dec. 4 following a police chase and died at a hospital a short time later. According to police, Daniel was sitting in the driver's seat of a car in the 200 block of 27th Street NW after the chase when she pulled a gun as officers were approaching the car. Police said a handgun was later recovered from the car.

Officer Mitchell Magill, 35, and Officer Adrienne Phelps, 27, both opened fire, officials said. Both officers have been on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said Thursday he has been in contact with the DCI as their investigation has progressed. He said he would review the DCI's findings himself and would only refer the case to a grand jury if he found evidence that criminal charges could be possible.

Vander Sanden said he did not have a specific timeline to complete his review of the case.

"Something like this, you don't want to rush," Vander Sanden said.

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