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Police sergeant talks about son being shot in traffic stop


Kevin McCormick worked as a car mechanic and in construction before trading in his hammer for handcuffs. However, he comes from a long line in law enforcement and criminal justice.

His great-grandfather, grandfather, and cousin have all worked as attorneys and judges.  His father, Mike, is a 39-year veteran of the Sioux City Police Department.

The elder McCormick, who works nights, says he could help but feel a little bit of guilt, when he was woken up with the news, Monday.

"Obviously, you hate to be the person responsible for you son being injured, and you kind of feel that way a little bit.  You think, would be a policeman if I wasn't," Sgt. McCormick admitted.

Sergeant McCormick says he's proud of the way his son responded,when the weapon came out.

He hopes the dash cam video can serve as training for other officers in the future.

McCormick has known the father of the man suspected of shooting his son, Jamal Dean. He says his relationship with Lee Dean goes back more than a decade.

The pair talked over the phone this week, and Dean apologized for his son's behavior.

While McCormick wouldn't comment on Saturday's arrest, he said he is certain about the consequences Dean faces.

"Doesn't make any difference he was shooting Kevin McCormick, he was shooting at cop.  There's a set of rules. The law says,  you do this, you're going to pay this punishment.  I say that he pays the punishment."

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