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Suspect accused of shooting Linn Co. Sheriff’s deputy charged with attempted murder

Published: Jun. 21, 2021 at 1:01 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 3:38 PM CDT
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COGGON, Iowa (KCRG) - The man accused of shooting a Linn County Sheriff’s deputy and prompting a more than 12-hour long manhunt is facing several charges, including attempted murder.

Stanley Donahue, 36, of Chicago, is charged with attempted murder, first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm as a felon, willful injury, and disarming a peace officer.

Investigators said Donahue shot a Linn County deputy several times when the deputy responded to a robbery in progress at the Casey’s General Store at 5110 Highway 13 in Coggon at about 10:19 p.m. Donahue was seen by another responding deputy, who pursued him until the vehicle crashed on North 3rd Street in Coggon on the north edge of town.

The deputy was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Officials said he suffered serious injuries but is in stable condition.

Donahue reportedly fled on foot prompting a manhunt involving several law enforcement agencies from across Eastern Iowa that lasted more than 12 hours. Agencies from across eastern Iowa assisted in the search. The manhunt ended when a KCRG-TV9 crew spotted a man who matched the suspect description walking along Highway 13 near Coggon at about 12:40 p.m. Monday. Donahue was taken into custody without incident.

“This was a tragic and needless shooting that resulted in serious injuries to one of our deputies who was merely doing his job to protect the citizens of Linn County,” Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said.

Donahue is currently in the Linn County jail.

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