Public Information Officer Chad Sheehan says there is no indication that suspected shooter Jamal Dean would target a school or children Tuesday morning.
21-year-old Dean stands 6'1" tall, and weighs about 230 pounds. Dean has a tattoo of the word "outlaw" on his neck, and was last seen wearing all black. Police also say he has gang affiliation.
Sioux City Police have expanded their search for the suspect to include surrounding area. Sheehan says they have contacted outside offices and they are also on the look for any information regarding Dean.
He says they do not feel the need to put the city on lock down, but advises citizens be vigilant and to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
Investigators say they have every resource available out on the street searching for Dean. Not just local police officers. But federal, state, and county officers, as well.
"It sounded like six shots," said Sharon La Fleur. Sharon La Fleur didn't see the shooting, but she heard it. "It just went real fast, rapid fire." So, she called 911.
What she heard, say police, was an officer pull over a vehicle in an alley, with several people inside. One of those, 22-year-old Jamal Dean is suspected of shooting the officer before he was able to get out of his squad car. He fled on foot. "A woman come out the alley, and she was like a police officer got shot in the face," said Robert Taborn, Witness. "I never seen nothing like that in my life. It was shocking."
For hours, police had the block in front of Shawn McDonald's house closed off. "It was surreal," said Shawn McDonald, Sioux City. "The SWAT team established a perimeter on West 3rd and 4th Street from Rebecca to Myrtle, to trap the suspect. "I'm pretty sure every cop on the force was out there," McDonald said.
Cars were searched by drug enforcement officers carrying semi-automatic weapons. They called Everett Elementary the hot zone. The shooting happened half a block away. Nearby homes were evacuated. Just after seven, the streets were opened back up and the search expanded to include all of Sioux City. "We would caution to not, and I repeat, do not approach Mr. Dean," said Sheehan.
Sheehan says this event has really reminded all of the officers of how dangerous their jobs can be. Even a routine traffic stop can explode into something much bigger. That officer is listed in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. But, police haven't released his name.
Sioux City police have called a press conference for 11:00am Tuesday morning to update the media on the search for Dean.
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