Review backs Iowa officer in shooting that paralyzed man

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 3:22 PM CDT
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WATERLOO (AP) - A prosecutor has ruled that a police officer who shot and paralyzed a man in downtown Waterloo, Iowa, in April acted legally because the target appeared to be chasing a deputy with a shotgun.

Black Hawk County Attorney Brian Williams says Waterloo police officer C.J. Nichols did not know that the long, dark weapon carried by Marcelino Alvarez-Victoriano was a pellet gun until after Nichols shot him.

He says video from the officer’s body camera and two deputies’ squad cars show the 44-year-old Alvarez-Victoriano chasing Black Hawk County deputy Blake Dodd with what appears to be a firearm.

Alvarez-Victoriano has filed a lawsuit alleging that the shooting was excessive force.

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