UPDATE: Sheriff details Jamal Dean's trip back to Sioux City after Texas capture
A suspect accused of firing eight shots at a patrol car and the officer huddled inside is back in Sioux City, tonight, in jail on a-million dollars bond.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
A suspect accused of firing eight shots at a patrol car, and the officer who was inside, is back in Sioux City.
Woodbury County deputies drove through the night to take Jamal Dean into custody in Texas where he was caught last Saturday morning.
As suspect Jamal Dean arrived in Sioux City, there was a heightened security presence at the Law Enforcement Center.
Dean was escorted out of a deputy vehicle around 1:30 Friday afternoon, as a crowd gathered across the street.
Police say 21-year-old Dean, a known gang member, fired eight shots into the windshield, and hood, of a police squad car on April 29th, one of which hit Officer Kevin McCormick in the forehead.
Dean fled the scene sparking a massive, five-day manhunt.
Dean was found in Texas two hours north of the Mexico border, riding in a car with a family, last weekend.
After waiving extradition during a hearing Wednesday, Woodbury County authorities drove to Kleberg County, Texas, where Dean was being held, to retrieve him.
"We took two vehicles, a marked squad car, and an unmarked suburban," said Drew.
Four deputies and an EMT left Sioux City Wednesday night at 6:00.
The trip to and from Texas was relatively quick, but the Woodbury County sheriff says it didn't happen without some adversity.
"Deputes drove approximately 36 hours of driving time with six hours of sleep," said Drew.
"They ran into some weather on the way down, Texas-size storms, flat tire, but we got all those things worked out," said Drew.
Jamal Dean had his initial appearance earlier Friday. In the meantime, he'll be housed in the Woodbury County Jail.
During today's initial appearance, court documents say Jamal Dean was granted a public defender and charged attempted murder, along with robbery, burglary and theft from a previous crime authorities say he committed with his brother, Levon Dean.
His bond is set at $1 million.
Dean's next court date is a preliminary hearing on May 20th.
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