CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Iowa Division of Criminal investigation has revealed more details in an overnight shooting involving two Cedar Rapids Police officers.
Cedar Rapids police are investigating a shooting at an apartment complex on the northwest side on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (Phil Reed/KCRG-TV9)
Agents say the incident at Valley High Apartment on Edgewood Road started out as a domestic disturbance between 25-year-old Markell Bivins and a woman. They say the woman was taken to the hospital with multiple stab wounds. They believe Bivins stabbed her. She is expected to live.
Both officers shot their guns during the incident and Bivins died. The release from the DCI doesn't indicate what Bivins did to make the officers use deadly force.
The DCI won't release the officer's names until after they've been interviewed in the next few days.
Investigators have not released details on exactly what prompted the domestic disturbance call.
But one resident of a neighboring apartment, Alicia Koshatka, said she heard some of the story later from the woman's mother.
"It was the father of her children. They were having problems she said that he was going to harm her and I sat out with the mom because the police wouldn't let her go and see her daughter," Koshatka said.
Other residents said Bivins had stayed at the apartment with the woman in the past but wasn't currently living there.
A next door neighbor, Chris McGowan, said he knew both people and said Bivins was a frequent visitor in the past and would watch the children the couple shared.
And while he said the two did argue, he said he never personally saw any physical violence.
"If they ever had a disagreement or argument someone would yield. They'd cut it off and one party would leave the other. There was never a point where he would have to put hands on her or she would put hands on him it was just a few words and then they'd separate," McGowan said.
McGowan and Arianna Clayborn, who also lives next door, questioned if police could have used non-lethal means to stop of arrest Bivins while in the apartment.
But both admitted they weren't at home when it happen and didn't know what had gone on inside.