Medical examiner rules Waterloo police-involved shooting a homicide

Published: September 14 2009 | 9:28 am - Updated: 30 March 2014 | 9:29 am in
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UPDATE: Two Waterloo police officers involved in the shooting death of a suspect while responding to a domestic dispute have been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety on Sunday identified the man shot by police as 31-year-old Eric Rule of Waterloo. The Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and ruled the death a homicide and the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds. According to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, DCI officials said the classification means Rule died at the hands of another person, and does not place any criminal intent for the act.

Police say an officer shot Rule after police were called to a Waterloo home Saturday on a report of a dispute between a man and a woman. Soon afterward, the man struggled with two officers. When he began to overpower one of the officers, the officer drew his gun and shot the man in the chest.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will investigate the shooting.

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