South Sioux CIty Police Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting In May

Aug 16, 2019

South Sioux City Police Officer Brian Van Berkum leaving Mercy Hospital in May

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A grand jury on Friday found that a South Sioux City police officer's actions during a fatal May shootout were not criminal, and no charges will be filed, according to the Sioux City Journal.

The decision cleared South Sioux City police Officer Brian Van Berkum for his actions in a fatal shootout in May. The grand jury ruled there was no criminal conduct in the May 11 incident in which Van Berkum fatally shot Luis Quinones Rosa outside of Los Amigos, a South Sioux City bar and liquor store.

Van Berkum was shot in the leg and abdomen in the exchange. South Sioux City Police Chief Ed Mahon says Van Berkum is currently on light duty with the police department and is expected to return to full duty next month. 

Iowa’s unemployment rate in July rose very slightly from 2.4 to 2.5 percentage points and remained among the lowest in the nation.  Nebraska's unemployment rose a tenth of a point from June's 3% to hit 3.1% in July.

Fourth District Republican congressman Steve King will hold town hall meetings in Storm Lake and Spencer over the next week. The first event will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Storm Lake Middle School.  King will also hold a Clay County town hall meeting from noon to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Spencer Outreach Center.