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UPDATE: SC shooting suspect captured near Mexican border

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Jamal Dean was arrested about 100 miles from Brownsville, Texas. Jamal Dean was arrested about 100 miles from Brownsville, Texas.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

A nationwide manhunt nabs a Sioux City gang member, suspected of shooting a Sioux City police officer during a traffic stop.

"As a law enforcement agency, we're all breathing a collective sigh of relief that Jamal Dean has been taken into custody without incident," said Doug Young, Sioux City's police chief.

The 21-year old Dean is behind bars in a Kleberg County, Texas jail cell. Authorities say he was riding in a car near Riviera, Texas, about two hours north of Mexico, when the U.S. Marshals pulled the car over, and arrested Dean without incident.

The search lasted had nearly five days and put endless strain on law enforcement, but Sioux City police say they're breathing a little easier, after those marshals caught up with Dean around 1 a.m. Saturday, 1,100 miles away from Siouxland.

"We didn't give up our efforts here either, because we had a lot of information. The community was just great in helping us out with tips," said Young.

Dean was traveling south along Highway 77 headed for Mercedes, a Texas border town, when the car he was riding in was stopped near Riviera. Driving the car was Esteban Hernandez, Jr. Evette Morris-Hernandez and their four children were also in the car. Authorities say that pair is from Sioux City and have not been arrested, but are under investigation.

"Now that he's been captured, the investigation is not over. So, it will continue and I can assure that anyone who was caught aiding and abetting him in escapes from Sioux City and possibly this country, it's our hope that they will be prosecuted also," said Young.

Young says he can't even guess the number of hours that law enforcement had put in, since the shooting on Monday. Young says it could be at least a week until Dean is extradited back to Iowa.

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