DES MOINES, Iowa — A man is in custody after leading Des Moines police on a chase and firing a gun.
Just after 12:30 p.m. Sunday, a police officer spotted a vehicle associated with a wanted felon.
The driver of the vehicle, 37-year-old Brandon Stockdall, fled police at the 1500 block of East MLK Jr. Parkway. The pursuit continued east on Maury Street, where Stockdall failed to yield at the intersection of SE 14th Street. Police said Stockdall’s car struck a southbound car, knocking it into a northbound truck.
Police said a gun was fired from inside Stockdall’s car right before or during the collision, striking the car he crashed into. Police do not know if he meant to shoot at the pursuing officer or if the gunshot was an accidental discharge.
Stockdall was taken into custody after the crash. He was the only person injured and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Despite the chase resulting in a crash, police said it was the correct decision to pursue the suspect.
“We balance the risk of the chase versus the reward of the apprehension of the offender. I think the officer’s assessment was correct. Traffic was really light, and [the chase] was very short. And my understanding is the speeds didn’t get too high either,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.
Stockdall has been charged with eluding, felon in possession of a weapon, discharging a firearm and possession of narcotics.