Kevin Cram, Police Officer of Algona, Iowa, dies after shooting; Suspect ‘Kyle Ricke’ arrested

Algona, Iowa – The tight-knit community of Algona, Iowa, was shattered as Officer Kevin Cram, 33, bravely serving the city’s police force, was fatally shot while attempting to serve an arrest warrant. This heartbreaking incident triggered an intensive manhunt for the suspect, prompting residents to be on high alert, with authorities urging them to seek shelter and secure their homes.

Officer Kevin Cram, dedicated to his duty, had informed 43-year-old Kyle Ricke of his impending arrest around 8 p.m. It was then that Ricke allegedly opened fire on Cram with a handgun, as revealed by Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, during a Thursday morning news conference. Tragically, Officer Cram succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

A glimmer of hope emerged as Ricke was captured and taken into custody shortly before midnight in Minnesota. He now faces charges of first-degree murder in Kossuth County.

Officer Cram had served as a police officer in Iowa for a decade and had been with the Algona Police Department since 2015. Beyond his role as an officer, he was a devoted father and husband.

During a press conference, Stephan Bayens, commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, paid tribute to Officer Cram as a “beacon of light” who heroically gave his life in service. Despite the profound grief felt by the law enforcement community in Kossuth County, Bayens assured that they remain resolute and committed to upholding Officer Cram’s legacy as a guiding light in their communities.

Officer Cram’s tragic encounter occurred as he was on patrol in Algona, a community of approximately 5,300 residents in northern Iowa, in response to an arrest warrant for a harassment charge from Palo Alto County.

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In the aftermath of the shooting, Ricke fled, setting off an extensive manhunt. Algona residents were asked to lock their doors and vehicles and remain indoors. The search, conducted with drones and police aircraft, involved law enforcement from both Iowa and Minnesota.

Officer Cram’s sacrifice is a stark reminder of the risks law enforcement officers face in the line of duty. In a solemn coincidence, his death occurred on the 10-year anniversary of the shooting death of Officer Jamie Buenting, a Rockwell City police officer. Officer Buenting had been attempting to arrest a suspect when he was tragically shot.

In response to this tragedy, Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird expressed sorrow for the loss of Officer Cram, recognizing his dedication to serving and protecting the community. She honored his selfless service and offered condolences to his family.

Governor Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be flown at half-staff in Officer Cram’s memory, highlighting his heroism and commitment to upholding the rule of law. The entire state mourns Officer Cram’s loss, celebrating his legacy of service and sacrifice, while standing united with the law enforcement community during this difficult time.

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