KINGSVILLE, Texas | The accused gunman who allegedly shot a Sioux City police officer and was arrested in Texas is fighting extradition back to Iowa, officials said Monday.
Jamal Dean, 21, of Sioux City, is in the maximum security section of the Kleberg County Jail in Kingsville, Texas, about 40 miles from Corpus Christi.
He was apprehended early Saturday in Riviera, Texas, following a national manhunt. He is accused of firing a rifle at Sioux City police Officer Kevin McCormick during an April 29 traffic stop in the 1300 block of West Fourth Street.
Dean has initially indicated that he intends to fight extradition to Sioux City. Extradition is the legal proceeding when someone arrested is released to another state for trial.
Dean will have to formally enter the decision during a court hearing, which will determine whether the extradition can occur. No date had been scheduled for the hearing as of Monday, said Kleberg County Sheriff’s Capt. Alberto Castillo.
Dean is being held in a jail cell by himself, Castillo said. Suspects facing serious offenses are kept in solitary confinement in the facility, he said.
“We are advising our officers to be extra cautious,” he said.
If Dean refuses to waive extradition, Iowa officials can request a warrant from Gov. Terry Branstad. The request will be forwarded to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who would authorize Dean’s removal from Texas.
The process can take about 30 days. Waiving extradition would shorten the wait to about 10 days.
The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of bringing Dean back to Iowa once legal authority is granted. How he is transported will be determined by safety, cost, weather issues, time constraints and manpower, said Woodbury County sheriff Maj. Todd Wieck. No decision has been made.
Dean has been held without bond in Texas since his arrest early Saturday morning. He was arrested during a traffic stop. Police suspect Dean was going to Mexico.
A Sioux City man and woman as well as four children also were in the vehicle. They were released and not charged.
Police on Monday were investigating whether anyone will be charged for helping Dean flee Sioux City, said Sioux City police Chief Doug Young.
Dean is accused of firing eight rounds into McCormick’s cruiser. He was in a car that was pulled over because the driver wasn't wearing a seat belt, police said.
One round hit McCormick’s forehead. He is expected to make a complete recovery.