In a devastating incident on Wednesday night, an Algona, Iowa police officer lost his life while on duty. The officer has been identified as Kevin Cram, a dedicated 10-year veteran of law enforcement. Cram was fatally shot by Kyle Ricke, a suspect wanted for harassment, during a routine patrol just before 8 p.m.
Law enforcement authorities reported that after shooting Officer Cram, Ricke fled the scene. Despite immediate medical assistance, Cram succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital in Algona. The tragic loss was mourned by the Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan K. Bayens who praised Officer Kevin Cram for his unwavering commitment to public service. Commissioner Bayens described Cram as a true hero who had willingly placed himself in harm’s way to protect the community.
After an intense search, authorities apprehended Ricke in Leavenworth Township, rural Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, around midnight the same night. He was taken into custody without any further incident and is currently being held at the Brown County Jail in Minnesota. Ricke will eventually be transported back to Iowa to face first-degree murder charges in connection with Officer Cram’s untimely death.
Iowa authorities have expressed their condolences and support for the family, friends, and colleagues of Officer Cram during this difficult time. As the investigation continues, the community is urged to come together and honor the memory of Officer Kevin Cram, who made the ultimate sacrifice while bravely serving and protecting others.
What happened to Officer Kevin Cram?
Officer Kevin Cram, a 10-year veteran of law enforcement, was tragically shot and killed while on duty in Algona, Iowa.
Who is the suspect in custody?
The suspect, Kyle Ricke, was apprehended in Leavenworth Township, rural Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, about 100 miles north of Algona.
What charges will the suspect face?
Kyle Ricke will be transported back to Iowa, where he faces first-degree murder charges in connection with Officer Cram’s death.
How is the community reacting to this tragedy?
The community is in mourning and has come together to support the family, friends, and colleagues of Officer Kevin Cram during this difficult time.