Iowa officer shooting of Nebraska man ruled self-defense

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — An Omaha man has been charged with the attempted murder of a police officer after he shot at a Council Bluffs police officer in May.

Jimmy Carr, 34, was also charged Tuesday with first-degree robbery and being a felon in possession of a fire arm arising from the confrontation outside a convenience store with Officer Mike Roberts. Carr is being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $2 million bond.

The charges come a day after Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber announced that Roberts was acting in self-defense when he shot Carr on May 2, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Wilber announced his decision after reviewing a report from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

He said Carr had shot at Roberts and was reaching for a gun he dropped when the officer shot Carr in the hip. He also noted that Roberts did not continue firing after Carr began moving away from the gun.

“Officer Roberts reasonably believed that Carr had tried, and was actively trying to kill him," Wilber said. "For that reason, the discharge of Officer Roberts’ firearm was justified under the circumstances.”

Roberts was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. It’s unclear if he has returned to duty.