A Nov. 27 trial date has been set for Logan Jeffery Shoemaker, who is charged with the attempted murder of Buffalo Police Chief Terry J. “TJ” Behning in September.
Behning was critically injured Sept. 25, when Shoemaker, 20, who allegedly was driving a stolen garbage truck at a high speed in an effort to elude police, aimed the truck at Behning’s squad car as he was attempting to deploy stop sticks at the intersection of Scott County Road Y40 and Iowa 22.
Behning has undergone several surgeries and remains in University Hospitals, Iowa City, where he is recuperating.
Shoemaker’s attorney, Derek Jones, of the State Public Defender’s Office, appeared for an arraignment hearing Thursday in Scott County District Court. A written arraignment was filed. Scott County District Judge Mark Cleve set the trial date for Nov. 27 and a pre-trial conference hearing for Nov. 17.
Shoemaker is facing 13 criminal charges, including attempt to commit murder, serious injury by vehicle, willful injury resulting in serious injury, first-degree robbery, second-degree theft and assault with a dangerous weapon being among the charges.
According to the arrest affidavits filed by police and the trial information filed by Scott County Attorney Mike Walton, the events of Sept. 25 leading to Behning being struck began to unfold at 5:45 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, when police were dispatched to the 300 block of East 11th Street in Davenport 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.
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 twice crashed into the front driver side of her vehicle.
At 11:38 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 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.
Shoemaker refused to pull over for the officer and took off at a high rate of speed. He 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,” the officer reported.
During the pursuit, Shoemaker got into an accident with an Allied Waste/Republic garbage truck at 90th Avenue and 145th Street, rural Scott County.
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 Scott 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.
Behning was initially stabilized on scene by fellow officers and was airlifted to University Hospitals. He suffered multiple lower leg injuries, Lane said.
The sheriff said his office will assist Buffalo with law enforcement until Behning returns.