Algona police officer dies in shooting; suspect arrested in rural Sleepy Eye
Kyle Ricke, Brown County Jail

The Iowa police officer who was shot on duty has died and the suspect in his murder was arrested in rural Sleepy Eye hours after the shooting.

The officer has been identified as Kevin Cram, 33, of Algona.  He died at a local hospital following the shooting on Minnesota St in Algona Wednesday evening.

Cram was a police officer in Iowa for 10 years, according to the Des Moines Register.  He had been with the Algona Police Department for 10 years.

Kyle Lou Ricke, 43,  is currently in custody at the Brown County Jail and has been charged with first-degree murder in Kossuth County.  Ricke was wanted on a harassment charge out of Palo Alto County.  Investigators say he shot Cram when the officer told him he would be arrested, then fled the scene.

The search for Ricke kicked off a manhunt that eventually led to rural Brown County.

The Minnesota State Patrol and the Iowa Department of Public Safety contacted Brown County authorities with information that placed Ricke at a home in Leavenworth Township.

Ricke was taken into custody without incident at 29000 210th St with help from multiple agencies just before midnight, about four hours after the shooting in Algona, according to the release.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety is investigating the shooting.


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