MASON CITY | Authorities have identified the man who was transported to Mercy Medical Center–North Iowa after being shot by a railroad officer Nov. 29 in northwestern Mason City.

Union Pacific Special Agent Louis Miner stopped Nathan Lee Olson, 30, of Mason City, for trespassing across Union Pacific property, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said in a release.

The the department’s investigation determined that “an altercation ensued,” the release said.

The man was shot near the railroad crossing in the 900 block of Ninth Street Northwest about 4:25 p.m., Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said shortly after the incident. The crossing is located near All Aboard Storage.

Olson is still hospitalized and is listed in fair condition as of Wednesday afternoon, according to a Mercy spokeswoman. 

Brinkley told the Globe Gazette after the incident that he didn't know where the man was shot or the extent of his injuries.

The officer was evaluated for minor injuries, the police department said in a news release Nov. 29.

The Union Pacific Railroad employs certified police officers to patrol rail properties across the Midwest.

Union Pacific Special Agents or railroad police are tasked with investigating crimes against the railroad that include trespassing, theft of railroad property, threats of terrorism and derailments.

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They do have the power to arrest and issue citations.

According to Union Pacific’s job description, agents must have graduated from an accredited police academy and must have three years’ experience in a public law enforcement agency or military police.

Union Pacific has a police department staffed with more than 175 special agents. The department is responsible for all Union Pacific locations across 32,000 miles of track in 23 states.

“As with all law enforcement professionals, the Special Agent job carries with it a potential for dangerous situations,” Union Pacific’s website said. 

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in investigating the officer-involved shooting.

This incident remains under investigation. Upon completion, the DCI will forward the results of the investigation to the Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office for review.

No other information is available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Mason City Police Department at 641-421-3636.

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