High-Speed Chase Ends With Clive Officer-Involved Shooting in Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa — An officer-involved shooting in Des Moines has sent one suspect to the hospital and another in custody.

The Clive Police Department says at 2:34 a.m. Saturday officers attempted to pull over a gray Dodge Charger for a traffic violation near 63rd Street when the driver of vehicle refused to stop and led officers on a high-speed chase eastbound on Interstate 235.

Investigators say the suspects vehicle attempted to allude officers at the 42nd Street exit in Des Moines but lost control and crashed. The two suspects then fled on foot in the 600 block of 42nd Street.  A Clive police officer pursued one of the suspects between homes in the area. The Clive Police Department says the suspect then pulled out a pistol and the officer fired his handgun, striking the suspect.  Medical personnel were called immediately and sent the suspect to the hospital. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

My wife and I were still up and just getting ready to go to bed, and all the sudden I heard a pow pow pow sound and I knew that it was gunshots, so we got up and went over to the window,” said resident Shane Heim.

The condition of the suspect is unknown at this time. The second suspect was apprehended shortly after.

The neighborhood described by residents is family friendly, with one resident saying he moved to Des Moines from Chicago to raise a family.

“We were living in Chicago where gunshots were pretty common. So to raise a family we moved back to Des Moines a safe area so it’s definitely a big shock,” said Heim.

The Des Moines Police Department is investigating the incident. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation per Clive Police Department policy. The names of the suspect and the involved officer is not being released at this time.

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