Trooper in Iowa shooting also shot suspect in 2008

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The details might seem familiar when a prosecutor reviews an Iowa trooper’s decision to shoot a suspect.

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matthew Wilber is expected to decide in coming weeks whether trooper Tim Sieleman was justified in the Dec. 1 shooting of 28-year-old Michael B. Lee of Carter Lake.

Five years ago, Wilber concluded that Sieleman’s shooting of Matthew Loth was a reasonable use of force.

In both cases, Sieleman opened fire at a suspect who was driving a stolen car at him during a pursuit. Both suspects were wounded and transported to the Nebraska Medical Center for treatment. And both occurred in similar locations in Council Bluffs.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is expected to give its investigative report on the shooting of Lee to Wilber in January.

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