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Emergency Information

HAWK ALERT: Avoid the area of Court street ramp. Man with a gun. See for further information.

HAWK ALERT. Avoid the area of Court street ramp. Man with a gun. see for further information.

Situation Update(s): 

Situation update: First responders are on scene. Continue to avoid the area.

12/12/2022 - 2:17pm

Situation update: Law enforcement are on scene. Please continue to avoid the area.

12/12/2022 - 2:28pm

Situation update: Law enforcement on scene directing Voxman occupants to shelter in place due to nearby incident. 

12/12/2022 - 2:30pm

Situation update: Pedestrian and vehicular traffic should continue to avoid the area. Please use alternate routes and follow directions of first responders on scene.

12/12/2022 - 2:43pm

Hawk Alert update: Situation at ramp resolved. Law enforcement will remain on scene. Resume normal activity.

12/12/2022 - 2:50pm
Inactive-Other Law Enforcement Agency Investigation

The Iowa City Police Department is investigating this incident, and issued the following press releases: 

Update: Arrest made following incident at Court Street Parking Ramp

Iowa City Police have made an arrest following Monday's incident at the Court Street Parking Ramp. Carldale D. Hunter, 33, faces the following charges:

  • Second-degree kidnapping
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Going armed with intent
  • Domestic abuse while displaying a weapon
  • Child endangerment

Copies of Hunter's charges can be found here. Hunter has been released from the hospital and is in custody at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. No other information is available.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Original Release —

Iowa City Police respond to incident at Court Street Parking Ramp

At approximately 2 p.m., Iowa City Police responded to a welfare check at the Court Street Parking Ramp bus depot. Information received by police indicated a man was possibly armed and that a woman and children were involved.

Responding officers encountered a man, woman, and children inside the bus depot. Upon seeing the officers, the man made threatening comments and fled with the woman into the parking ramp. Iowa City Police followed the man and woman into the ramp and attempted to establish communication with the man, who appeared to be armed and continued to make threatening comments.

During this time, a perimeter around the area was established, community members were advised to shelter in place, and staff were evacuated from the parking ramp.

Despite efforts to de-escalate the situation, the man shot himself. Aid was immediately rendered at the scene and the man was taken via ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. The man is in stable condition and no other injuries were reported.

The incident remains under investigation and no other information is available. Iowa City Police were assisted at the scene by the Iowa City Fire Department, Johnson County Ambulance, Johnson County Sheriff's Office, University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, and the Coralville and University Heights police departments.

Lee Hermiston, Public Safety Information Officer