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Iowa man’s road rage leads to death threat against garbage truck driver, then attempted murder of police chief

DAVENPORT – An Iowa man threatened the life of a garbage truck driver, then actually stole the truck and led police on a dangerous chase that hurt a police chief before he was caught and arrested.

The frightening ordeal took place Monday, September 25th, 2017, when the Davenport Police Department initiated a vehicle pursuit of a garage truck being operated by 20-year-old Logan Shoemaker of Davenport. During the pursuit, Shoemaker was involved in a traffic accident with a garbage truck. He threatened the life of the driver of the garbage truck and ultimately took possession of it, police say. Shoemaker continued to lead officers on a pursuit in the garbage truck through Blue Grass, Iowa, then south on 70th Avenue toward Buffalo, Iowa. On 40th Ave. (County Rd. Y40) Chief Terry Behning of the Buffalo Police Department was attempting to utilize stop sticks against the garbage truck. Shoemaker veered the truck toward Chief Behning’s squad car and struck it, head on. Chief Behning was positioned behind the squad at this time and was struck by the squad car.

Shoemaker was apprehended moments later.

Chief Behning was air lifted to the hospital by MedForce. At this time there is no detailed update on his condition.

In addition to the multiple charges from Davenport Police Department, The Scott County Sheriff’s Office charged Shoemaker with first-degree robbery and in reference to the incident with Chief Behning, Shoemaker was charged with attempted murder.

The Iowa State Patrol is handling the traffic accident portion of the investigation, the Davenport Police Department and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office is handling the criminal investigation.

Agencies involved include the Iowa State Patrol, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Davenport Police Department, Scott County Conservation Officers, Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office, Blue Grass Police Department, Canadian Pacific Railroad Police Department, Buffalo Police Department, Buffalo Fire Department, Davenport Fire Department, Medic Emergency Services, MedForce, and Scott County VIPS units.


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dumb kid! he could have just stopped bit now he doing 50+ years. so sad

Somebody’s elevator doesn’t quite reach the top floor.

Judge others much?

well..common sense would dictate you will be in much less trouble if you DON’T go on a wonton chase endangering many.. that being said, there’s been plenty of times I didn’t use common sense and I paid dearly for it each time (misdemeanor stuff 20 years ago)..most of us don’t get in to legal trouble to begin with. it took me 7 misdemeanors to get it right. it’s a tragedy that Logan Shoemaker got 58 years for this, all because he was tweaking on methamphetamine aka crystal meth. He just threw his life away.. NEVER run from police.. I speak somewhat from experience, having left a community corrections halfway house 15 years ago…. and now I can’t ever return to this state because I’m still wanted there.. long story. but it’s cost me 2 arrests in my home state of Florida, being held for extradition to Colorado in 2015 for 90 days and 2 weeks ago, was only in booking for 4 dad is a lawyer, he got ahold of a district attorney in Colorado where the warrant is for escape from a halfway house from a false charge of “attempted burglary” I got while living there for 2 yrs, by simply suffering a blackout and subsequently thought I was at my house but couldn’t get in the door. I was at the wrong house that looked just like mine.. the homeowners thought I was lying so the state and my attorney got this horrible deal for me.. 2 weeks ago, the district attorney called the jail here and told Florida they’re not extraditing me on the the cops here wasted all that time for nothing.. don’t run from cops..ever!

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