Law enforcement officials state that 27 year-old Michael Lee of Carter Lake was shot while trying to elude Iowa State Patrol Trooper Tim Sieleman. Trooper Sieleman was attempting to stop him for not having license plates on a Dodge Ram Pick-up. Trooper Sieleman, a 16 year veteran of the patrol, has been placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation per departmental policy. Lee remains hospitalized recovering from his non-life threatening injuries.
Lee was eventually stopped by other troopers, after they successfully rammed the truck he was driving, on Veterans Memorial Highway in Council Bluffs. Lee’s truck rolled across the median from the westbound lanes to the eastbound lanes, where he was taken in to custody and transported to UNMC hospital in Omaha, NE.
While investigating the incident, it was discovered that Lee had outstanding warrants and that the Dodge Ram Pick-up that he was driving was stolen.
The on-going investigation is being conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa State Patrol, the Council Bluffs Police Department, the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office.