DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines man was arrested Sunday night for allegedly shooting at a police officer while trying to escape following a traffic stop.

Cody Gibbs

Cody Gibbs, 27, is charged with:

  • Assault On A Police Officer With A Dangerous Weapon
  • Felon In Possession Of A Firearm
  • Reckless Use Of A Firearm
  • Interference With Official Acts With A Dangerous Weapon
  • Eluding
  • OWI – 1st Offense
  • Multiple traffic-related violations

He also faces several probation violation charges and had multiple unrelated active arrest warrants.

The incident began at 11:03 p.m. when an officer with the Des Moines Police Department tried to pull over a vehicle near SW 9th Street and McKinley Avenue, said Sgt. Paul Parizek. The driver, later identified as Gibbs, refused to stop and tried to flee.

At SW 9th Street and Payton Avenue, the vehicle left the roadway. Gibbs got out of the vehicle and began running away. As the officer pursued, Sgt. Parizek said Gibbs fired multiple shots at the officer from a handgun. The officer was not injured by gunfire.

The pursuing officer was able to catch Gibbs and take him into custody at 11:06 p.m., a short distance from where the vehicle left the road.

Sgt. Parizek said a handgun was recovered from the scene.

Gibbs is being held in the Polk County Jail.