Des Moines Police Patrol Car Hit By Gunfire on Christmas Night


DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Two Des Moines police officers came under fire in their patrol car on Wednesday night, but the department doesn’t know if the officers were the intended targets.

It happened on Wednesday night on the 1600 Block of University Avenue.  Two officers were traveling eastbound on University when their vehicle was hit by gunfire around 10:34 pm.

One officer suffered minor injuries from broken glass; the other officer wasn’t injured.  Neither of their names have been released.

“When you think about what the deadly outcome could have been and it’s just a matter of seconds and inches it certainly does kind of stand up the hair on the back of your neck, but it’s not going to slow us down. We are going to keep going until we can get the people are out there shooting up our neighborhoods and throw them in jail,” Sgt. Paul Parizek said.

Sergeant Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department said via press release on Thursday that investigators still don’t know if the officers were the intended targets of the shooting.

Police are processing the damaged car as evidence and interviewing witnesses.  No suspect description has been given.

Investigators said they found shell casings down the road at the intersection of 17th and Day Street.

“We’re going to look and see if those may be connected. We don’t know if there was some kind of exchange of gunfire up there or if someone was shooting at someone else and the officers were just an innocent target passing by or if those shots were actually intended for our people,” Parizek said.



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