The details might seem familiar when a prosecutor reviews an Iowa State Patrol trooper's decision to shoot a suspect. Pottawattamie County Attorney Matthew Wilber is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether trooper Tim Sieleman was justified in the December 1st shooting of 28-year-old Michael Lee of Carter Lake.
Sieleman tried to pull Lee over around 7 a.m. for driving a stolen vehicle. During a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph, Sieleman's cruiser went into a ditch on U.S. Highway 275 near Lake Manawa. Sieleman fired his weapon when Lee drove at the trooper.
Lee was injured when the car rolled onto its side. Sieleman was not hurt and is on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Five years ago, Wilber concluded that Sieleman's shooting of Matthew Loth was a reasonable use of force. In both cases, Sieleman opened fire at a suspect who was driving a stolen car at him during a pursuit. Both suspects were wounded and taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment. Both occurred in similar locations in Council Bluffs.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is expected to give its investigative report on the shooting of Lee to Wilber in January.