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Cedar Rapids officer shoots man who allegedly drove car at police

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Police said a man drove the wrong way on a one-way street and crashed into a pole before driving his vehicle toward police, who then shot him.

Kyle Russell Orth, 28, was reportedly seen driving an orange BMW M4 “recklessly at a high rate of speed” near the 1000 block of A Avenue NE; then that car was seen going the wrong way on 12th Street NE.  As he drove in an alley between Center Point Road and Daniels Street NE, Orth crashed the BMW into a telephone pole.

“As officers exited their vehicle, the driver of the suspect vehicle drove in a reckless manner towards the officers,” said a statement from Ceder Rapids Police.  “Shots were fired by the officers.”

Orth  was hit, and his injuries were reportedly not life-threatening.  A woman, who was a front-seat passenger in the BMW, suffered minor injuries in connection with the crash.   Orth and the woman were both treated at, and later released from, a local hospital, police said.

Two officers involved in the incident were identified as Jeremy Depies and Brandon Tinta, who have both been on the Cedar Rapids police force for three and a half years according to investigators from the Iowa Department of Public Safety.  Both officers were expected to be interviewed as part of the investigation.

1 Comment

  • Jayne Lockridge

    I would like to know why the man was not charged with driving up a one way street the wrong way & crashing the car in to the light pole?

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