Burlington releases portions of video in fatal police shooting

Published: Oct. 13, 2017 at 4:15 PM CDT
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The Iowa Attorney General's office cleared two Burlington police officers of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Marquis Jones on October first. Because the state's review is complete, Burlington has released portions of the officers' squad car and body camera video from that day.

The Attorney General's report said on October 1st Burlington Police officers Chris Chiprez and Josh Riffel pulled 27-year-old Marquis Jones over after hearing loud music coming from his car. While court records show Jones had three active arrest warrants, the report said the officers were unaware of those warrants.

Just seconds after the two cars stop, Jones got out of his car and started to run while carrying a black bag. Chiprez chased after. Chiprez's body camera showed he had not pulled out his gun while he ran after Jones. Meanwhile, Riffel drove the squad further down the street to try and cut off Jones.

The squad car recorder captured Riffle saying, "Get on the ground now, get on the ground," once he stopped.

The report said Riffel tackled Jones down the street behind the squad car. Riffel hadn't turned on his body camera yet. The report said Riffel saw Jones holding a gun in his right hand. Riffel tried to disarm Jones, but retreated, turning on his body camera and yelling to Chiprez.

"Gun, gun, he's got a gun Chip," yelled Riffle.

Chiprez's body camera recording him yelling at Jones, "Drop it drop it!" He then shoots at Jones seven times.

Jones kept running between the houses. Chiprez and Riffel head around to the left. The report said Chiprez saw Jones in the alleyway near 6th and Maple.

Chiprez yelled, "stop!" before firing one more time.

Neither officers camera could see Jones, but the report said Chiprez saw Jones moving his hands near his chest before the last shot. Both officers were still shouting orders.

"Lay down, let me see your f***ing hands," yelled Chiprez.

"Lay down, don't move," yelled Riffel.

Burlington stopped the body camera footage at that point. The report said the officers started providing first aid. The squad car recorded Chiprez calling for an ambulance.

"Start an ambulance, gunshot wound to the chest," said Chiprez.

The Attorney General's office ruled the use of deadly force was justified due to the direct and deadly threat posed by the suspect. Burlington's Police Chief did not return an email asking whether the officers have returned to duty, or whether the police department is reviewing the incident internally.

The City denied KWQC's records request for the entire unedited videos of the shooting. The City said that video must be kept confidential by law.

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