Ryan Dehl

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Service Record

Marshalltown Iowa Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired in 2005.[1]
Last Known Status Active


2019 Distinguished Service Award

On October 11, 2019, Dehl received the Distinguished Service Award "in recognition of exemplary service and commitment to community policing initiatives".[2]

2022 Lifesaving Award

In November 2022, Dehl responded to call about an overdose and found an unresponsive woman. Dehl called for another officer to bring NARCAN, and administered the first dose before paramedics arrived. The woman recovered from the overdose. In December 2022, Dehl received the department's Lifesaving Award for his actions.[3]

Incident Reports

2007 Confrontation with Justino Calzada

On September 23, 2007, Officer Christopher Burrows pulled over a vehicle driven by Calzada's wife, in which Calzada was a passenger. Dehl arrived as a backup. Mrs. Calzada was put through a series of field sobriety tests, and was asked to consent to a breath test. Mrs. Calzada asked to discuss this request with her husband, who exited the vehicle.[4]

After the conversation, Dehl stated that he "did not like the way [Calzada] was looking at him". Dehl grabbed Calzada by the wrist and then the neck, taking Calzada to the ground.[4]

Response Timeline

On September 21, 2009, Calzada sued Dehl and the city, claiming assault and battery, and the use of excessive force.[4]

On April 16, 2010, the lawsuit was dismissed.[5]

2022 Stop of Elder Soto Tejada

On March 21, 2022, Dehl followed a vehicle driven by Soto Tejada all the way to his house. Soto Tejada came out of the house to see what Dehl wanted. Dehl claimed that Soto Tejada had committed a traffic violation. When Soto Tejada turned to reenter his house, Dehl threatened to deploy his Taser, and eventually shocked Soto Tejada multiple times.

Soto Tejada was ticketed for reckless driving and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Response Timeline

Soto Tejada pleaded guilty to the traffic offenses, and paid a fine.[6]

The police chief claimed an investigation "didn’t find any law or policy violations".[6]

On July 8, 2022, Soto Tejada sued the city, Dehl, and the police chief, alleging the use of excessive force.

On August 30, 2022, the case was moved to U.S. District Court.[7]

On January 9, 2023, the city council voted to settle the lawsuit for $50,000.[6][8]

LEO Ratings


  1. Officer Ryan Dehl, Marshalltown Police Department, 2020-02-25
  2. Congratulations Officer Ryan Dehl!, Marshalltown Police Department, 2019-10-11
  3. MPD Officer Ryan Dehl recognized with lifesaving award, Times-Republican, 2022-12-27
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Calzada v Dehl, et al Complaint U.S. District Court, 2009-09-21
  5. Calzada v Dehl, et al Dismissal U.S. District Court, 2010-04-16
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 City reaches $50,000 settlement with man over traffic stop lawsuit, Times-Republican, 2023-01-14
  7. Sota Tejada v Dehl, et al, U.S. District Court, 2022-08-30
  8. Agenda, City of Marshalltown Council, 2023-01-09