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Algona police officer Kevin Cram shot and killed in the line of duty, shooter Kyle Lou Ricke in custody

Ricke should be considered armed and dangerous. He should not be approached.



The Iowa State Patrol has reported that the individual accused of shooting a police officer in Algona on Wednesday has been apprehended around midnight, approximately four hours after the incident.

The officer was reportedly shot at around 8 p.m. on the 1100 block of South Minnesota Street. The suspect has been identified as 43-year-old Kyle Lou Ricke from Algona.

Officer shot identified as Kevin Cram.

The state patrol has rescinded a Blue Alert, which is typically activated to notify law enforcement of a potentially dangerous suspect at large.

The Kossuth County Sheriff’s office has issued an “all clear” signal.

In the weeks leading up to the shooting, Ricke had encountered legal issues. Online court records indicate that he appeared in court just hours prior to the incident.

On August 28, Ricke was charged with third-degree harassment. According to the criminal complaint, on August 23, Ricke’s ex-partner informed law enforcement that he had sent her numerous text messages and made multiple attempts to call her within a two-hour period.

The officer reported reviewing the text messages and noted that Ricke used derogatory language and persistently engaged in argumentative behavior.

The officer stated that he warned Ricke against contacting the woman, emphasizing that doing so would result in harassment charges.

On August 27, four days later, the woman reached out to the officer, reporting that Ricke had sent her text messages and emails.

Ricke acknowledged contacting the woman the following day. Subsequently, he was taken into custody and charged. Ricke posted bail and was released from the Kossuth County Jail on August 29.

He attended a court hearing on the morning of the shooting, during which his trial date was scheduled for November 3.