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Suspect Arrested in Shooting of Iowa Police Officer

A man accused of shooting a Sioux City police officer in the face on April 29 was arrested in south Texas on Saturday.

Jamal Dean, 21, faces criminal charges for wounding Officer Kevin McCormick and is being held in a jail in Kleberg County where he is fighting extradition back to Iowa, according to The Sioux City Journal.

It took five days for authorities to track down Dean.

Texas State troopers arrested the man during a traffic stop on Highway 77, about 105 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

The incident that led to his arrest began last Monday around 3 p.m. after McCormick, who joined the force last year, pulled over a vehicle in an alley in the 1300 block of West Fourth Street because a female passenger was not wearing a seat belt.

As the officer exited his cruiser, Dean -- who was riding in the vehicle that was also carrying three children -- opened fire before fleeing the scene with a gun, which was in a garbage can a few blocks away.

McCormick was able to stay calm and describe the suspect over the radio after he was shot.

The wounded officer had a bullet surgically removed from his forehead and was released from a local hospital the following day.

Officials said that Dean is a known gang member who served time in prison for a weapons charge and is suspected in several area shootings.