The Sioux City police officer who was shot in the forehead during a traffic stop last month has returned to work.
Officer Kevin McCormick says he had to wait until he was cleared by his doctors to get back into his daily routines, including going on patrol. His first day back on duty was Sunday.
“It went great actually,” McCormick says. “I was initially a little apprehensive, but not necessarily due to my last experience while working. I was more apprehensive simply because I hadn’t worked in a while and I didn’t feel as though I had my ducks in a row.”
Investigators say a local gang member fired eight shots at McCormick’s vehicle shortly after the rookie cop pulled a car over for a seatbelt violation.
Nearly two weeks later, as McCormick returned to duty, he was hoping for a quiet day of patrol — but it was anything but routine.
“It quickly started off with a pursuit that ended in three individuals bailing from the vehicle. Fortunately, we were able to apprehend them very quickly,” McCormick said. “My shift ended with an individual who got stabbed in the chest.”
The 35-year-old McCormick started his shift on Sunday by driving to the exact spot where he was shot on April 29th.
“I went there with the intentions of testing how well my memory served me in stressful situations,” McCormick said. “Often times, we talk about in stressful situations how we get tunnel vision or we don’t see objects and the things around us. I had a fairly clear image of the geographical layout of the area, especially the alleyway, but I wanted to go back and compare what that memory was.”
The suspect in the shooting, 22-year-old Jamal Dean, was arrested in Texas last week. Dean was brought back to Iowa where he’s now charged with attempted murder.
By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City