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Police Chief Critical, Suspects Charged

Posted at: 10/31/2012 12:55 PM
Updated at: 10/31/2012 6:58 PM
By: James Wilcox

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa police chief shot twice during a high-speed chase with bank robbery suspects is in critical, but stable condition.

The two suspects appeared in court for the first time since the robbery and shooting Tuesday.

24-year-old Jeremiah Mumford of new Hampton, and his cousin, 19-year-old William Clayton of Osage face a combined 22 charges. They include attempted murder and terrorism.

"I have reviewed the complaints and find there is probable cause to believe you committed these offenses," said Magistrate Karen Thalacker in Bremer County Court.

After receiving a call of the bank robbery in Maynard late Tuesday morning, the suspect vehicle was spotted and a police pursuit began. That's when officers say Mumford opened fire. He faces the most serious charges. Investigators believe Clayton was an accomplice and didn't fire a weapon.

Iowa State Trooper Mark Domino was shot in the arm. He was treated and released. Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain was shot twice in the hand and once in the neck. He is listed in critical, but stable condition.

The cousins abandoned their vehicle near a wooded area just after noon Tuesday. Police established a two-mile perimeter. Dozens of agencies were called to help with the search, including a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter.

"We did exactly what we're trained to do. All of our law enforcement agencies worked together cooperatively," said Trooper Bob Conrad of the Iowa State Patrol.

Nearly seven hours after the robbery, law enforcement zeroed in on the suspects after hearing a suspicious noise.

Trooper Conrad said, "They didn't know what they heard. They ended up finding the suspects trying to get around the perimeter. And that is why we had a tight perimeter set."

The suspects were arrested without further incident. We're told the investigation is on-going and more charges are likely.