SIOUX CITY — A Sioux City police officer is being lauded for his quick thinking that helped him survive after a routine traffic stop turned into a dangerous shooting.
Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young expressed amazement Thursday at Kevin McCormick’s response after a man suddenly began firing at his squad car.
“It is amazing that the reaction was what it was, because that’s exactly what we want people do to,” Young said. “We want police officers to escape if they have no other alternative. He was able to process that in a short period of time, and he’s here today.”
The incident happened Monday afternoon when McCormick, 35, made a traffic stop. While the officer was still in his car, the driver jumped out and fired eight shots into it.
Although McCormick was hit in the head, he sought cover behind the dashboard, threw his car into reverse and called a police dispatcher.
The shooter had run away before more officers arrived.
McCormick was released from a hospital Tuesday and could return to work as soon as today.
Police have offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Jamal Dean, 21, who was identified as the shooter.
McCormick, who wasn’t available for interviews, is the son of a Sioux City police sergeant and joined the police force in 2012. He graduated with a criminal justice degree from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City last year. — AP
of I-35 reopened
MARTENSDALE — The Iowa Department of Transportation has opened the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 in Warren County less than three days after that stretch of freeway was closed when a truck damaged a bridge.
Transportation officials announced Thursday they had opened the northbound lanes, ending a need for motorists to detour through several small towns before returning to I-35 near West Des Moines.
A truck hauling construction equipment smashed into the bridge over the freeway Monday night. The accident made the bridge too unstable to drive beneath.
Crews had to scramble to tear down damaged parts of the bridge before I-35 could be re-opened.
Driver Ronald Gage of Waterloo was cited for violating height requirements in the incident. He wasn’t seriously injured. — AP