Waterloo police shot and killed a man while responding to a domestic disturbance over the weekend. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is probing the incident, which occurred early Saturday morning outside a Waterloo home.
According to police officials, two officers were sent to the home on the report of a domestic dispute between a man and a woman. Shortly after their arrival, police say a struggle ensued between the man and two officers. They tried to subdue him, but couldn’t. Police say that’s when one of the officers pulled out his service revolver and shot the man in the chest, killing him.
The man,later identified as 31-year-old Eric Rule of Waterloo, died at the scene. One officer was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital; the other officer was not injured. On Sunday, the state medical examiner ruled the man’s death a homicide, saying Rule died of multiple gunshot wounds.
D.C.I. officials say the two officers involved in the fatal shooting are now on paid administrative leave. Their names have not been released. This latest incident is the third in Waterloo since June involving an officer shooting at a suspect.
Submitted by Elwin Huffman, KOEL, Oelwein