Man arrested in Waterloo standoff shot Cedar Rapids police officer in 1998

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) — A man arrested following a standoff Friday had only recently been out of jail after shooting a Cedar Rapids police officer in the face in 1998.

Mitchell Langel was taken into custody Friday morning after police responded to a call from a woman reporting an assault.

Police said Langel would not cooperate and a tactical team was brought in around 5:30 that morning. After five hours, Langel surrendered peacefully.

The last time Langel was involved in a police standoff was not as peaceful.

In 1998, Langel was in a six-hour standoff with Cedar Rapids police. Police, at the time, were serving Langel with a mental committal notice.

Police Captain, Phil Peters, had gotten inside the house and was walking down the hallway towards Langel when he said he lost his balance. That’s when he felt the 12 gauge shotgun blast. Langel reportedly shot Peters in the face.

Miraculously, Peters survived but is blind in one eye.

The next year a judge found Langel guilty of attempted murder and he was supposed to serve 21 years in jail.

Langel reportedly was recently released from prison on probation.

 

Jalyn Souchek

Jalyn Souchek

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