Sioux City officer lauded for response to shooting

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City police officer is being lauded for quick thinking that helped him survive after a routine traffic stop turned into a dangerous shooting.

The Sioux City Journal reported (http://bit.ly/13PLtYd ) Thursday that Sioux City police Chief Doug Young called officer Kevin McCormick’s response to the incident “exactly what we want people to do.”

After the 35-year-old McCormick stopped a car Monday, the driver jumped out and fired eight shots into his squad car.

Although McCormick was hit in the head, he sought cover behind the dashboard, threw his car into reverse and called a police dispatcher.

McCormick was released from a hospital Tuesday and could return to work as soon as Friday.

Police are offering a $15,000 reward for 21-year-old Jamal Dean, who was identified as the shooter.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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