Police: Armed robbery suspect who opened fire on cops, shot deputy apprehended after manhunt

COGGON, IA – A 36-year-old man who allegedly shot a Linn County Sheriff’s deputy during an armed robbery of a gas station earlier in June was apprehended following a brief manhunt consisting of several law enforcement agencies. 

The deputy who was shot during the alleged armed armed robbery was last reported as being in serious, but stable condition at an area hospital. 

According to officials, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office has received a report about an alarm that had gone off at the Casey’s General Store located off of 5110 Hwy 13 at approximately 10:19 p.m. on June 20th. 

A Linn County deputy, later identified as Deputy William Halverson, was the first to respond to the scene shortly after the alarm went off. 

The suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Stanley Donahue, was said to still be at the general store as the deputy arrived. 

Reportedly, Donahue had held two store employees up at gunpoint, stealing cash from the register and safe, as well as the employees personal belongings. Donahue was then said to have confined the employees to the store cooler after the robbery.

A spokesperson for Casey’s General Store noted that none of the employees from the store were injured during the incident. 

As Deputy Halverson entered the store, officials say that Donahue shot the deputy multiple times. 

Donahue reportedly fled the scene in a van and was pursued by another responding deputy before crashing along North 3rd Street and then fleeing the crashed vehicle on foot. 

Officials say that multiple law enforcement agencies were enlisted to assist in locating the suspect. 

On June 21st at approximately 12:44 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release that Donahue was taken into custody at the intersection of Hwy 13 and Aldrich road. 

The press release noted that a KCRG news crew had spotted Donahue in the area and contacted law enforcement, which led to the suspect being placed into custody without further incident. 

According to officials, Donahue is now facing charges of first-degree armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm as a felon, willful injury and disarming a police officer. 

Sheriff Brian D. Gardner shared the following comments on Twitter regarding Donahue’s arrest: 

“Outstanding efforts by multiple agencies resulted in this person being taken into custody without further violence. This is [cooperative] law enforcement at its best.”

The sheriff’s office also provided an update on June 22nd regarding Deputy Halverson’s condition following the incident: 

“The Linn County Deputy Sheriff that sustained injuries during the Coggon armed robbery is William Halverson. Deputy Halverson is a seven year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office. He remains at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in serious, but stable condition.”

Officials say that Deputy Halverson was the first Linn County Sheriff’s deputy to be shot while on-duty since 1973.

This is an ongoing investigation. 

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In other news relating to officers injured, authorities in Texas are still searching for a man they say shot a police officer in Wise County earlier in June. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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WISE COUNTY, TX – Police in Wise County are currently searching for the 43-year-old suspect that officials say is responsible for the shooting of a Rhome Police officer during a traffic stop on the evening of June 13th.

The name of the injured officer has not been released as of this writing.

According to officials, a Rhome Police officer along with Wise County deputies pulled over a motorcycle that allegedly was being driven by 43-year-old Royce Edward Wood, who also had a female passenger on the back of the bike near the intersection Farm-to-Market roads 407 and 2264.

Wise County Sheriff Lance Akin said that Wood had apparently matched the description of a home invasion that occurred within the area during the evening of June 12th.

Officials say that Wood had opened fire on the officer, striking the officer in the leg. The suspect was said to have fled the scene on foot and is still at large as of June 14th. The female passenger on the bike, who has not been named by authorities, was reportedly taken into custody.

The unnamed officer was reportedly transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and was last reported as being in stable condition.

On June 17th, the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office SWAT responded to a tip received that Wood may have been barricaded inside of a residence that Lubbock Police were dealing with around noon that day. 

However, officials say that the barricaded person call that Lubbock Police received turned out to be a non-incident, as it was later determined that no one was barricaded inside of the residence responded to on June 17th. 

While Wood is still on the run, the Wise County Sheriff Office confirmed that the Blue Alert has been cancelled.

The reason behind the cancelled Blue Alert, according to the sheriff’s office, was that the cellphone alerts were habitually waking people up at night. 

Authorities described Wood as a white male, weighing approximately 200 pounds and standing at about 6’2. He was last seen wearing a baseball cap with a camouflage bandana around it, black sunglasses, a vest, and a green shirt.

Officials say that Wood is to be considered armed and dangerous, urging locals to not approach him if spotted. There is currently a $6,000 reward for information that can lead to his arrest. 

Anyone with details on the suspect or his whereabouts are urged to contact the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971.

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