Third Person Connected to Johnson County Shooting Turns Himself In

By Addison Speck, Reporter

Law enforcement officers continue their Investigation of an officer involved shooting Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 that began at trailer C7 at the Breckenridge Estates mobile home park just east of Iowa City. Two state agents with the Division of Narcotics Enforcement who were assigned to the Johnson County Drug Task Force were conducting undercover operations when an altercation ensued and shots were fired killing one person and sending another to the hospital on Thursday night. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)


By Liz Blood

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - The third person in connection with the deadly Johnson County shooting turned himself in Sunday night.

Officials at the Johnson County Jail confirmed Norman Dudley, 20, turned himself in at about 9 p.m. He is being held on a possession of a controlled substance charge.

The other two men believed to be connected with the shooting that occurred Thursday night made their initial appearance Saturday morning. John Mulbah, 20, and Demarco Dudley, 22, are two of the three men police have linked to the investigation.

Officers arrested Mulbah Friday night after a standoff in Iowa City. KCRG couldn't confirm when Demarco Dudley was taken into custody but he is the man who was injured in the shooting that killed Ivan Hardemon, 22.

According to Demarco Dudley's criminal complaint, two undercover officers went to the Breckenridge Estate Mobile Home Park on Taft Avenue SE around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The complaint states the officers were there to buy illegal drugs with a large amount of cash from people that were aware they were coming.

It also states that during the exchange, two people appeared from the back room and started threatening officers. One of them holding a handgun, another holding a club.

It is still unknown how Hardemon died. His body was found late Thursday in front of the mobile home. Investigators have not said if either of the two men in custody had a role in his death.

Demarco Dudley is being held in the Johnson County Jail on $100,000 bond for first degree robbery. John Mulbah is being held on a $50,000 bond for a controlled substance violation. The criminal complaint states that on Monday, three days before the shooting, an undercover officer met with Mulbah in Iowa City and purchased $850 worth of cocaine from him.

On Friday, investigators announced they were looking for Mulbah and Norman Dudley in connection with the shooting. After nearly a four hour standoff, the SWAT team used tear gas to get Mulbah out of this apartment building and into custody. But as of Saturday, no new information is out on how or if Mulbah was involved in Thursday's shooting.
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