crime and punishment

Chicago, Illinois’s Stanley Donahue shot sheriff’s deputy in Coggon, Iowa after robbing Casey’s General Store?

Stanley L. Donahue (©Linn County Sheriff's Office)
Stanley L. Donahue (©Linn County Sheriff’s Office)

Stanley L. Donahue, 36, of Chicago, Illinois, United States has been arrested by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with attempted murder and armed robbery.

With a handgun, Donahue allegedly robbed a Casey’s General Store in Coggon, Linn County, Iowa, USA on the afternoon of June 20, 2021. While trying to leave the store, he allegedly repeatedly shot the first responding deputy from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office before fleeing in a van at a high speed.

Another deputy pursued Donahue. After crashing into a bridge under construction on the north edge of the city limits of Coggon, the suspect fled on foot.

Deputies used a search dog to track Donahue but lost track. After eluding authorities for 14 hours, he was arrested just north of Coggon on June 21, 2021 and was booked into the Linn County jail in Cedar Rapids, Linn County.

“Outstanding efforts by multiple agencies resulted in this person being taken into custody without further violence,” The Washington Post quoted Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner as saying. “This is cooperative law enforcement at its finest.”

The deputy Donahue allegedly shot is now in stable condition after receiving treatment from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. The victim’s name has yet to be released.


Founded in 1857, Coggon is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is home to The Coggon Rockets baseball and softball teams.

Heather Beeh has been the Coggon mayor since 2019. She attended Hamilton College in Cedar Rapids from 2003 to 2005.

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