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Sioux City Homicide Investigation, Bow and Arrow Incident and Body Camera Update

Sioux City Police Department

Sioux City police say they are investigating a death inside an apartment used by transients as a homicide. The victim's body was found Tuesday near 26th and Douglas near Grandview Park. Police did not release the gender of the victim, who appeared to have signs of blunt force trauma. The person appeared to have been deceased for a week. A medical examiner has not yet determined the cause of death. The apartment is part of a complex where 33-year-old Solomon Blackbird was shot on November 1st. He later died. Police say the two deaths do not appear to be related.

A man is in custody after firing arrows at officers in Sioux City.  Officers responded to a disturbance over parking issues near 18th and Rustin around eight on Tuesday morning.  When they arrived a man who lives nearby was armed with a bow and arrows.  A standoff ensued.  Officers trained to help in crisis situations called the man on the phone.  He indicated he wanted to force officers to take his life.  When it appeared no peaceful resolution could be met a tactical team moved in to take the man into custody.  A news release says the 46-year-old man is known to have mental health issues.  The man was taken to MercyOne for medical treatment for self-inflicted cuts.  No charges have been filed yet and the name of the man haven’t been released yet.

The Sioux City Police Department is now using body cameras.  

Over the summer,  the Sioux City Council unanimously approved buying 120 body cameras for the police force.  The cameras, video storage, hardware and software cost more than $260,000.  At the time, Police Chief Rex Mueller said the policy was for all patrol officer to have them on during all contact with the public.  Money for the camera came fees generated through red light and speed cameras.

A former northwest Iowa sheriff's deputy has pleaded not guilty to stealing prescription drugs from the department's evidence rooms and homes he was searching while on duty, and committing burglaries at five Plymouth County pharmacies.

Forty-one-year-old Aaron Leusink, of Le Mars, entered his written plea Monday to more than 10 charges, including first-degree burglary and felonious misconduct in office.
Leusink, a former Plymouth County Sheriff's deputy, was arrested in September. He is accused of taking prescription drugs from homes he was searching and pills that were evidence in other cases.
Agents searching Leusink’s home in April found more than 1,600 prescription medication pills and several opened evidence bags.

News release from the Sioux City Police Department:

Credit Sioux City Police Department


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