Officer Dead, Algona Man Charged with Murder Following Wednesday Shooting

by Brian Wilson
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–A Police Officer is dead and an Algona man is charged with First Degree Murder following a shooting near the Kossuth County Fairgrounds Wednesday night. Law Enforcement Officials held a press conference this morning at the Kossuth County Election Center, where Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Baynes identified the deceased officer as 33-year-old Kevin Cram.

Baynes says that Cram gave the ultimate sacrifice in a life spent serving the public.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Assistant Director Mitch Mortvedt discussed how the tragedy unfolded Wednesday evening.

Mortvedt says what should have been a fairly common arrest quickly turned deadly.

The criminal complaint filed in Kossuth County Court this morning states that Ricke used a handgun to kill Officer Cram, and confessed to witnesses before fleeing the scene. He was apprehended near Sleepy Eye, Minnesota just before midnight, and is currently being held in the Brown County Jail, awaiting extradition to Iowa. Cram was a 10-year veteran of Iowa Law Enforcement, serving with the Nora Springs Police Department from 2013-2015 before joining the Algona Police Department. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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