The suspect in last week’s shooting of a Sioux City, Iowa, police officer is jailed in Texas. The search had extended into Nebraska and eventually, nationwide.
Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young says 21-year-old Jamal Dean was likely trying to make it to Mexico when he was stopped by federal marshals in Texas about a hundred miles from the border late Friday night.
“Heading southbound on Highway 77 from Rivera, Texas,” Chief Young says. “We believe he was heading towards Brownsville and the Mexican border.”
Young says Dean was taken into custody without incident after authorities received information that Dean was in a tan Dodge Durango in Texas.
Dean was traveling with another couple, Esteban Hernandez Junior and Evette Morris-Hernandez of Sioux City, and four children. Young says it’s not yet clear if that couple will also face charges.
“Now that he’s been captured, the investigation is not over,” Young says. “It will continue and I can assure you anybody that was caught aiding and abetting him and his escapes from Sioux City and possibly this country, it’s our hopes they’ll be prosecuted also.” Dean is being held in the Kleberg County jail in Texas on a charge of attempted murder pending extradition to Iowa.
The officer who was shot, Kevin McCormick, continues to recover from the wound to his forehead and he hopes to return to duty very soon.
By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City