Man Armed With Gun Arrested After Police Standoff in Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A man armed with a handgun was taken into custody after a standoff with police in Des Moines Friday afternoon.

The standoff happened at a duplex in the 4500 block of Ingersoll Avenue. Officers were called to the residence just before 4 p.m. on a report of a domestic dispute involving a weapon.

“We were able to get the female inside out safely [and] get her and her neighbors moved to someplace where they were safe,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.

The officers then began negotiating with the man, 55-year-old Miles Degroote, who refused to come out. After about 30 minutes of negotiations, Parizek said Degroote jumped out a window while armed with a handgun. Degroote was taken into custody without further incident and no one was injured, Parizek said.

Degroote faces domestic abuse and weapons charges along with a first-degree harassment charge. He is being held in the Polk County Jail on a $6,000 bond.

At least two firearms were recovered at the scene, according to Parizek.

“This had all the elements of something that could have gone wrong,” said Parizek. “Knowing that there were guns in the house, it was a domestic call and he was armed when we took him into custody, this is the best resolution we could have asked for.”

During the standoff, police shut down a two-block stretch of Ingersoll Avenue. The roadway has since reopened.

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