RAW: Dash video from Kyle Orth arrest
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) - Cedar Rapids police have released dash cam footage of an officer-involved shooting.
27-year-old Kyle Orth was shot by police in March. He was driving an orange BMW when officers gave chase as it headed the wrong way down 12th Street N.E. at about 2:00 AM. Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman says officers tried to stop the vehicle, but when speeds became excessive they suspended the chase. He says officers then headed in the general direction the car was going and saw it traveling in reverse in an alley in the 800 block of Center Point Road before it smashed into a power pole. Chief Jerman says with lights flashing, the officers began to approach the BMW and that's when the driver accelerated towards them and they opened fire, hitting Orth.
Orth was treated and released for wounds suffered in the shooting. A young woman, not identified by police, in the car with him was treated for minor injuries suffered when the BMW hit the pole.
The Cedar Rapids Police Department requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct an independent investigation into the use of deadly force by the officers involved.
The investigation was handed over to the Linn County Attorney in May, with two dash cam videos from the squad cars involved.
The Linn County Attorney is charged Orth with five offenses: Assault on a Peace Officer with a Dangerous Weapon, Interference with Official Acts While Attempting to Inflict Serious Injury, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated and two counts of Attempt to Elude.
He was sentenced to 180 days in jail.
The County Attorney concluded in June that the officers were justified in using deadly force in their encounter with Orth and that is was reasonable for them to believe that force was necessary. The officers will not face criminal charges.