Iowa Issues Warrants For Two Neb. Men in Deputy's Shooting
PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (AP) - Arrest warrants have been issued for two Nebraska men in the Wednesday shooting of a Pottawattamie County, Iowa sheriff's deputy.
The warrants were issued for Colton J. Dineen, 23, of Omaha and Jeremy L. Clark, 24, of LaVista on suspicion of attempted murder and several assault charges, said Jon Jacobmeier, chief deputy Pottawattamie County attorney.
Jacobmeier said Dineen is suspected of being the shooter in the early Wednesday incident along Interstate 80 near Avoca, Iowa.
The two men also face theft, weapons, drug and resisting arrest charges in Cass County, Nebraska, where they were arrested after a short chase Wednesday. The two were being held in Cass County jail Thursday.
Pottawattamie County authorities said Deputy Brian Loomis, 30, of Council Bluffs was shot multiple times after stopping a stolen Lincoln Navigator for speeding at about 3:20 a.m.
Loomis was wounded in both arms and suffered a bruised lung.
His wife Shawn said Thursday that Loomis had been upgraded to fair condition at the Nebraska Medical Center. His family was hopeful for a good recovery, but she said they were preparing for a long road ahead.
Shawn Loomis said her husband has been able to talk and "one of the first things he did say was he couldn't wait to get out of here and back out on the road," she said.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said the shooting may be the first time an officer there has been shot on duty since 1911.
A few hours after the shooting, the stolen SUV was spotted near Plattsmouth and police began a chase that ended when the vehicle crashed into a garage and the occupants fled, authorities said.
Clark was found in a coal train in a wildlife reserve and arrested. Dineen was found nearby and arrested a few hours later.
Authorities continued to investigate whether a third person was in the vehicle, Jacobmeier said.
Authorities in Nebraska also allege that Clark and Dineen were part of a hostage situation involving guns and methamphetamine Monday in west Omaha.
Dineen has a pending felony drug case in Douglas County District Court, according to court records.
Clark's attorney, Andrew Hilger, said his client did not shoot Loomis and while Clark has a severe meth addiction and was recently kicked out of drug court, he didn't have a violent past.
Since 1997, Clark has been found guilty of 15 misdemeanors in five counties, including avoiding arrest, false reporting and theft charges.