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[February 12, 2013]

Ambrose's action following shooting are detailed

Feb 12, 2013 (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- WATERLOO, Iowa -- Kevin Ambrose told a girlfriend that he blacked out following arguments that erupted while his ex-fiance and her family were moving out in May.

Ambrose, 34, is accused of shooting ex-fiance Marlene Buss and killing her mother, Kay Straw, when Buss attempted to end their relationship May 2.

As testimony entered its second week in Ambrose's murder trial, jurors heard of his whereabouts after the shooting, leading up his arrest the following day.

Leslie Kingery, 32, the mother of Ambrose's two children, said Monday he phoned her at about 8 a.m. the day after the shooting and asked for a ride from the Quincy Street area, not far from Newell Street, where the attack happened.

She said Ambrose told her that he had spent the night sleeping in bushes. Back at her home, she said Ambrose made phone calls and took his phone apart, apparently worried police could use it to find him.

"I was in and out of the room, but I heard him say something about bad choices," Kingery said. She said she was nervous because she didn't know what was going on, but still didn't call police, who had been by the house the night before looking for Ambrose.

She said Ambrose never told her what happened.

Ambrose's suspicion about his cell phone proved to be well founded. Investigator Brice Lippert said the phone had been connecting to cellular towers on the east side, but when the signal checked in with a west side tower on Commercial Street, he suspected Ambrose had arrived at Kingery's apartment, which was about half a mile away in the 700 block of West Fifth Street.

Lt. Brent Cirksena, commander of the Waterloo Police Department's tactical team, told jurors how officers had surrounded the area. He said the location proved to be a challenge because the home was sandwiched between two high-traffic thoroughfares, and there were apartment buildings and a school in the perimeter.

Officers shut down streets, evacuated neighboring buildings and prepared to approach the home in an armored vehicle, Cirksena said. He said the plan was to try to reach Ambrose by bullhorn.

Meanwhile, inside the apartment, Kingery said Ambrose took a bath and, when he was done, noticed police swat team members spread out across the grass in their backyard.

"He grabbed my wrist and said 'We got to get outside ... we need to go outside before they come in shooting,'" Kingery said.

When they walked out the front door, they were stopped by police, and Ambrose was taken into custody.

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