Multiple arrest affidavits filed Tuesday in Scott County District Court reveal more details about a high-speed chase that seriously injured Buffalo Police Chief Terry "T.J." Behning when his squad car was struck by a stolen garbage truck late Monday morning.
The driver of the stolen garbage truck, Logan Jeffery Shoemaker, 20, is charged with a number of felonies: attempted murder, first-degree robbery, serious injury by vehicle, second-degree theft and eluding.
He also was cited for leaving the scene of an accident.
Shoemaker also is charged with felony stalking, assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, for two incidents that happened Sunday.
He also is wanted on a warrant from Mercer County in Illinois for domestic assault and failure to appear in a possession of a stolen vehicle case.
According to arrest affidavits filed Tuesday:
At 5:45 a.m. Sunday, police were dispatched to the 300 block of East 11th Street for a hit-and-run.
Shoemaker, who was driving a red 2005 Dodge Ram pickup, got into an argument with a woman and threatened her life.
She began to walk away and was in front of another vehicle when he intentionally drove his truck at her, struck the vehicle and pushed it into a third vehicle.
The damage to the vehicles was between $1,000 and $10,000.
Shoemaker then fled the scene. He had messaged and called the woman at all hours of the day and night and made statements that made the woman fear for her safety.
The woman repeatedly called police in regard to Shoemaker’s actions in the past, and he has made direct threats on multiple occasions.
At 8:43 p.m. that night, police were again called to East 11th Street for a harassment report.
Shoemaker got into an argument with the woman and, as things escalated, he struck the windshield of her vehicle with a pipe.
He then got into the Dodge Ram pickup he was driving and intentionally crashed into the front driver side of her vehicle twice. The damage was greater than $1,000.
At 11:38 a.m. Monday, a Davenport police officer attempted to stop the Dodge Ram, which was reported stolen Sept. 19. The officer also knew that Shoemaker, the driver, was wanted.
He refused to pull over for the officer and took off at a high rate of speed. Shoemaker ran several stop signs and also traveled well over the speed limit.
The officer at one point was going more than 90 mph, and Shoemaker was “still pulling away from me.”
During the pursuit, Shoemaker got into an accident with an Allied Waste/Republic garbage truck at 90th Avenue and 145th Street.
The driver of the truck told deputies that Shoemaker ran up to his truck and yelled for help. When the driver opened up the door of the garbage truck, Shoemaker demanded several times that the driver get out of the truck or he would shoot him.
The driver got out of the truck and believed that Shoemaker had a weapon. Shoemaker got into the truck and continued to flee from officer.
Around 11:53 a.m., Behning was in a marked squad car at the intersection of County Road Y40 and Iowa 22 in an attempt to deploy stop sticks. He was parked in the east lane of Y40 and was getting out of his vehicle when Shoemaker approached the intersection and intentionally drove the garbage truck into the officer’s lane of traffic.
He then intentionally drove the truck at a high-rate of speed into Behning’s squad car, according to the affidavits.
Shoemaker was arrested a short time later. Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane said Shoemaker suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. A man who was the passenger in the Dodge Ram was taken into custody. Lane said Tuesday that he would not be charged in connection with the incident.
Behning was initially stabilized on scene by fellow officers and was airlifted to University Hospitals, Iowa City. He suffered multiple lower leg injuries and remained in serious condition Tuesday morning, Lane said in a news release.
The sheriff said his office will assist Buffalo with law enforcement until Behning returns.
Shoemaker has multiple convictions in Iowa and Illinois, according to court records.