Authorities name Iowa City police involved in BB gun shooting


Roman Slabach

Iowa City police respond to the scene where an officer-involved shooting reportedly occurred near 11 Highway West on July 29, 2019.

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on Aug. 1 identified Michael Clark as the officer injured in a BB-gun shooting incident earlier this week.

Authorities said in a news release Clark discharged his weapon after a shoplifting suspect fired a BB gun and struck him in the face numerous times.

The officer-involved shooting occurred after Iowa City police responded to a shoplifting complaint at Starbucks, 11 Highway 1 W., around 3:29 p.m. July 29, authorities had previously said. The suspect, Cierra Lewis, 25, was found in a nearby area when officers arrived.

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According to criminal complaints, Lewis fired a BB gun, causing injuries to Clark’s face. He was briefly hospitalized.

Officer Trai Bunch then arrived on the scene to assist in arresting Lewis and did not discharge his weapon.

Lewis was hospitalized and later charged with assaulting a police officer with a weapon, a Class-D felony, and willful serious injury, a Class-C felony. She is being held at the Johnson County Jail on $75,000 bond.

Clark is on paid administrative leave pending the investigation, per departmental policy.

“Both officers provided voluntary statements and have cooperated with the investigation,” the DCI said in the release.

The County Attorney’s Office will review the findings of the ongoing investigation into the incident.