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Posted on: August 18, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Police Investigate Large Disturbance and Shots Fired

On Monday, August 17th, 2015, at 3:52 p.m., Dubuque Police responded to 1630 East 16th Street (Dubuque Yacht Basin/American Marine) on the report of shots fired.

The complainants were identified as Jeanette E. Packer, and her husband, Frederick J. Packer, both 59, and from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Packers reported a gray or silver, newer model sport-utility vehicle occupied by two young males, stopped on the frontage road near the marina and fired a shot, perceivably at them in their docked boat. Frederick has a weapon permit and retrieved his handgun and returned fire. The vehicle fled the area in an easterly direction and was not relocated. No injuries or property damage was located or reported. After being interviewed by officers and investigators, the Packers were released and no charges have been filed. Investigators continue to pursue leads and the investigation remains ongoing.

Later the same day, at 6:12 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance involving several individuals to the rear of 1852 White Street. When the initial officer arrived, he observed several of these individuals enticing one another to fight. The lone officer entered the middle of the group and ordered all participants to disperse. Most failed to obey the officer’s lawful order and one individual, later identified as Darien D. Dean, 12, of East Dubuque, continued to entice others to fight. When the officer attempted to take control of Dean to place him under arrest, he started to physically resist. As Dean was being taken into custody at the officer’s patrol vehicle, a large group began to encircle the lone officer, compromising his safety. The officer again ordered the crowd back but did not get compliance. He was forced to deploy defense spray in an arcing motion behind him to disperse the encroaching crowd. A few moved back but some continued to advance on the officer while continuing to yell at him in a threatening manner, forcing a second deployment of defense spray. As Dean was being place into custody, his sister, Don Mikeala M. W. Collins, 13, also of East Dubuque, continuously interjected and interfered with the arrest despite several commands to stop. She was ultimately placed under arrest for Interference With Official Acts. Dean was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Interference With Official Acts. Both were charged as juveniles and later released to their aunt.

As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and any suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

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