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McCormick joined by dozens of officers in courtroom for Dean plea

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

After the shooting, police said they had every officer out on the street looking for Jamal Dean.

Thursday, many of those, who helped with the manhunt, were in the courtroom, a show of support for a Sioux City officer, shot in the line of duty.

Jamal Dean's smile was met with stern glances.  Law enforcement agents crowded in the courtroom, including officer Kevin McCormick.

"Once word got out that the plea deal was going to happen, the officers just showed up," said Detective Jeremy McClure.

Not just police officers, but state patrol, and county deputies, just like the day Dean sprayed officer McCormick's patrol car with bullets.

"When something like this happens it really kind of strikes home for all of us," McClure explained.

It's also something many of them had never experienced.  The first shooting of a Sioux City police officer in 30-years.  Longtime Sioux City resident Tracy Johnson, an acquaintance of the Dean family, took interest in the case.. and was in the courtroom Thursday.

"It is not normal activity or behavior for a person to start shooting at a police officer.  This is an example for people to say, 'You're not going to do this in Sioux City, Iowa," said Johnson.

Dean's guilty plea, says McClure, is vindication for the whole force.

"It's nice to see it end like it did, that officer McCormick is going to be okay, and the person who tried to harm him is going to prison," added McClure.

Officer Kevin McCormick was flanked by his wife and father, Sergeant Mike McCormick.  He said he had no comment after the sentencing.

 

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