DES MOINES, IOWA — A suspect has been taken into custody at a Des Moines hotel after a four hour long standoff. The suspect was taken into custody around 2:15 pm. The suspect’s name has not been released. WHO 13 continues to cover this developing story.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Multiple local law enforcement agencies are responding to a standoff with an armed suspect who fired multiple shots at a Polk County sheriff’s deputy.
It began with a traffic stop in the 5200 block of NE 14th Street around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, said Capt. Ryan Evans with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. An occupant of the vehicle got out and fired shots at a deputy, then ran into the Budget Inn & Suites at 5220 NE 14th Street.
Capt. Evans said the deputy was not injured in the shooting.
The male suspect remains barricaded inside of the hotel as of 1:00 p.m.
Over the noon hour, several of the guests at the hotel were safely evacuated.
Some of the other agencies responding the the incident are the FBI, Metro Special Tactics and Response, and the Iowa State Patrol.
Capt. Evans said NE 14th Street is blocked off between NE 51st and NE 54th avenues because of the law enforcement presence. He advises people to avoid the area.
Saydel High School is under an external lockdown as a precaution. Part of the statement from the district superintendent Todd Martin said, “Please know we have no reports of any threats directly in our schools and we are locking down to maintain safe and secure perimeters as a precautionary measure.”
This is a developing story. Check back to www.who13.com for more information as it is released.