- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa sheriff said Monday he is reviewing whether his office made a mistake in releasing a man from jail hours after he was charged in a shooting that left an 18-year-old woman hospitalized.

Brandon Gordon, 18, left the Linn County Jail on Saturday after being allowed to post 10 percent of a $25,000 bond - without ever appearing before a judge, Sheriff Brian Gardner said.

Gordon, of Marion, is charged with firing multiple rounds into a sport utility vehicle at a gas station in Cedar Rapids on Friday. The gunfire missed 19-year-old Rodney Burt but struck the vehicle’s other occupant, Kirsten Meyer, who was transported to a hospital for injuries.

Gordon is charged in the attempted murder of Burt, going armed with intent, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury causing serious injury for Meyer’s shooting.

Officers arrested Gordon about 30 minutes after the shooting after he fled on foot.

Gardner said Gordon was allowed to post bond after the jail’s computer system determined he was eligible. He said defendants charged with forcible felonies cannot be bonded out until they appear before a judge, but Iowa law isn’t clear on whether that includes attempted murder. Forcible felonies do include assault and murder - but attempted murder isn’t addressed.

Gardner said he is working with the Linn County Attorney’s Office to review the computer coding. If an error was made in Gordon’s case, he said authorities could seek to bring him back into custody on a higher bond.


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