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Investigation of Officer Involved Shooting During Undercover Narcotics Operation Near Iowa City

Johnson County, IOWA — During the evening of August 16, 2012, two members of the Johnson County Drug Task Force were involved in a shooting in Johnson County, Iowa.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on August 16, 2012, two State Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE) agents assigned to the Johnson County Drug Task Force were conducting undercover operations at Trailer 7C Breckenridge Trailer Court, 4494 Taft Avenue in Johnson County.  During the course of the operation an altercation occurred and shots were fired.  As a result of the incident one person is confirmed dead. A second subject was injured. The injured subject was treated at an area hospital. The two DNE agents were not injured.

The deceased subject was identified as Ivan Carl Hardemon, age 24.  An autopsy is currently being conducted by an Assistant State Medical Examiner.  Results from the autopsy will confirm the exact cause of Hardemon’s death but it is believed to be due to a gunshot wound.

The injured subject was identified as Demarco Dudley, age 22.  He was dropped off shortly after the incident at the entrance of Bon Aire Mobile Home Park in Iowa City.  Dudley was driven to this location by another person believed to be Norman Dudley, age 20, driving a red Buick LeSabre, Iowa license 272ZRY.   This vehicle was located on Regal Lane near the corner with Lakeside Drive in Iowa City.  The vehicle had been abandoned at that location.

Investigators are attempting to locate Norman Dudley and John Mulbah, age 20, who are believed to have been present at the shooting and/or in the vicinity.   Anyone with information about the shooting or the whereabouts of these two individuals is asked to contact the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center at 319-358-6800.

Criminalists from the Division of Criminal Investigation Laboratory are processing the scene of the shooting.

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information that would assist investigators in locating Norman Dudley and John Mulbah.  Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477).  All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.  Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa City Police Department, University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, University Heights Police Department, Coralville Police Department, Johnson County Attorney’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Johnson County Ambulance Service are involved in the investigation.

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