SIOUX CITY | Officials in Iowa have 10 days to decide how to bring a man accused of shooting a Sioux City police officer back from Texas.
Jamal Dean, 21, told a district court judge in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Wednesday he would waive extradition to Iowa, his attorney, Celina Lopez, said in an email.
Extradition is the legal process of removing a person from one state to another for trial.
Dean was being held Wednesday at the Kleberg County Jail in Kingsville, Texas. He was apprehended early Saturday morning about 105 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, in Riviera, Texas.
Police say he shot Officer Kevin McCormick in the head during a traffic stop in Sioux City on April 29.
Woodbury County deputies now have 10 days to make arrangements to bring Dean back from Texas. If they don't make arrangements within the 10-day time frame, Texas authorities can let him go.
Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew said experienced deputies from his office will go get the suspect. He would not say what mode of transportation they would use, citing safety concerns.
The sheriff's office is "examining all potential transportation options in returning Dean from Texas," sheriff's Maj. Todd Wieck said in a statement.
Officials will consider several factors, including cost, in making the arrangements, Wieck said.
Dean is wanted on a warrant for attempted murder. It's unclear what, if any, other charges he may face in Sioux City.
He's accused of firing a rifle eight times at McCormick in an alley in the 1400 block of West Fourth Street. One of the bullets hit McCormick in the forehead. Other shots hit the squad car's hood and windshield, police said.
McCormick is expected to recover and return to duty.
Local, state and federal authorities mounted a massive search for Dean. The hunt initially focused on the westside neighborhood near where the shooting took place, then spread to the rest of the city.
Police in Omaha also searched for Dean.
Officials believe Dean stayed in Sioux City as late as May 3 before leaving for Texas. Sioux City police said he appeared to be trying to flee to Mexico.
He was captured by Texas troopers during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 77 near Riviera, Texas, around midnight Saturday.
A man and woman, both from Sioux City, and four children were in a tan Dodge Durango with him, authorities said. They were allowed to leave.