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One dead, one injured in Cedar Rapids motel knife attack; alleged assailant shot by officer

Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 11:11 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2021 at 12:03 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A woman was killed in an early Saturday morning stabbing incident at a southwest side motel, according to law enforcement officials.

At around 1:46 a.m, the Cedar Rapids Police Department was sent to a report of an incident at the Rodeway Inn, located at 4011 16th Avenue SW. A nearby officer responded to the report and located two women with apparent knife wounds. The victims informed the officer that the man who allegedly was involved had fled the scene, which led to pursuit by the officer.

During the chase of the assailant, the officer fired their gun, hitting the man. The man was then taken to a local hospital with no known status of his injuries.

“We are being asked to investigate if there is any criminal element in reference to the officer shooting his weapon,” said Iowa DCI Special Agent Richard Rahn.

The two women who were injured were taken to local hospitals, where one of the women later died. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Officers believe that the man and the two women were connected before the incident, but gave no further information.

The officer involved in the shooting of the alleged attacker was placed on administrative leave, according to standard department policy. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will conduct an independent review of the officer-involved shooting aspect of the incident.

“We are diligently investigating this incident and we will try to get it resolved as efficiently and quickly as possible,” Rahn said.

No names of the people involved or other information have been released at this time.

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