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Iowa warrant issued for Omaha man in officer shooting case

September 23, 2020 GMT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police in western Iowa have issued an arrest warrant for a Nebraska man wanted in connection with a scuffle with a police officer last week that led the officer to fire his gun.

The warrant was issued for Ian James Lybarger, 29, of Omaha, Nebraska, Council Bluffs police said Wednesday in a news release. Lybarger is charged in the warrant with assaulting a police officer, leaving the scene of an injury accident an

Police have said the incident began Friday night when officers tried to question Lybarger in a Council Bluffs parking lot as he got into a car with stolen license plates. But Lybarger instead locked himself in the car, police said, and when police tried to forcibly remove him, he sped off, briefly dragging Officer John Kuebler. Kuebler fired his service weapon, hitting Lybarger’s car but not injuring anyone, police said.

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At the time of the incident, Lybarger was already wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Omaha for felony theft, police said.

Police have asked anyone with information on Lybarger’s whereabouts to contact Council Bluff detectives.

Kuebler remains on administrative leave while the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation investigates.