In the Line of Fire: Sioux City Police Officer Shot in Head Tells Story
(SIOUX CITY, IA) It was a week ago today that police say Jamal Dean shot Sioux City Police Officer Kevin McCormick in the head. McCormick's day had started out like any other but ended with a night in the hospital and a week-long manhunt. Officer McCormick relives that day.
"There's a lot going on that's happening behind the scenes that no one really knows about and I think that the public should definitely feel extremely safe in Sioux City," says Officer Kevin McCormick.
Siouxland now can breathe a sigh of relief because 21-year-old Jamal Dean is behind bars 1,200 miles away from where it all began.
"When they passed me the windows were down. I saw that it was a female driver and I saw that she didn't have her seatbelt on," recalls Officer McCormick.
Just a minor traffic violation. Officer McCormick turned his patrol car around and pulled them over. That's when he says Jamal Dean got out of the car and fired 8 shots at him.
Even after Officer McCormick had been shot in the head unable to see out of his right eye because of blood coming from his forehead he continued to chase Jamal Dean to Everett Elementary school. He was later instructed from the police department to wait for help.
"I was out of this fight and despite how I was feeling they didn't want me to continue. Within no time at all, I had several officers and sergeants around me providing cover for me which brought a great deal of relief," he says.
McCormick was taken to the hospital shortly after and to everyone's surprise his gunshot wound to the head was not life-threatening.
He spent a sleepless night there clutching his police radio.
"not because I was worked up and concerned about this guy, I was worked up and concerned about my fellow law enforcement," he says.
His father Sergeant Mike McCormick also wears the uniform of the Sioux City Police Department.
"Very proud of my dad. I think that 39 years is an incredibly long time to do anything let alone this type of work and there' something to be said definitely about following in your father's footsteps," says Officer McCormick.
"It's probably the first time he's ever said he's proud of me so that's really nice to hear," jokes Sgt. Mike McCormick.
Fatherly pride and a mutual respect for a fellow officer.
"He was alert to something's going to happen here. Obviously he was not expecting a weapon but when the weapon came out, he responded appropriately and I'm extremely proud of him," says Sgt. McCormick.
And relieved it's all over.