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BREAKING: North Iowa Police Officer Killed in Line of Duty

A former Nora Springs police officer has died after he was shot by a male subject in north Iowa Wednesday night.

The Iowa State Patrol says the shooting occurred around 8 pm at a residence on the south side of Algona, near the Kossuth County Fairgrounds. Following a nearly four-hour search, 43-year-old Kyle Ricke of Algona was arrested shortly before midnight.

Law enforcement agencies from Iowa and Minnesota were involved in the search, during which Algona residents were asked to shelter in place, including students at Bishop Garrigan High School.

33-year-old Algona Police Officer Kevin Cram has died as a result of the shooting. He worked for the Nora Springs Police Department from 2013 to 2015, according to a Facebook post by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

Ricke, who was located and apprehended near Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, has been charged with first-degree murder in Kossuth County and will be extradited back to Iowa at a later date.

Court records show Ricke was arrested last month for third-degree harassment after his ex-girlfriend contacted the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Officer saying she had wanted no contact with Ricke by any means. A review of the victim’s cell phone showed several missed calls from Ricke and 63 unread text messages from him in a two-hour period.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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