SHOOTING UPDATE: Driver Arrested, Officer On Leave

A split phone pole and some orange spray paint remains from what was a crime scene Saturday night.

Larry Collins explains what he saw outside his Willow Park apartment.

“I saw the truck go through the grass. It almost hit the cop here,” said Collins.

A 16-year-old with two passengers inside a Ford SUV led police through the Willow Park apartment complex before losing control.

Officers Bryan O’Donnell and Zach McCarthy ordered the suspects out of the car but then had to take cover as the vehicle accelerated towards them hitting their squad car.

“He had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck the car brushed him as it went passed him,” said Sgt. Jason Halifax, Public Information Officer for the Des Moines Police Department.

The chase ended seconds later when Officer O’Donnell fired his weapon, shattering the driver side window of the car.

“The bullet lodged in the dashboard. No one inside the vehicle was hit,” said Halifax.

The two passengers were taken in for questioning and released.

The driver remains in jail, charged as an adult for two counts of assault on a police officer with intent to inflict serious injury and two counts of assault on a police officer with a dangerous weapon.

Sgt. Halifax says the driver wasn’t facing any criminal charges for driving the vehicle without permission but could now face time behind bars.

“If you look at all these Class “D” felonies, he’s looking at several years total,” Halifax told Channel 13 News.

Larry Collins says he’s looking for a new place to live.

He’s seen enough crime in his neighborhood.

“There are some bad people in this area,” said Collins.

According to police protocol, Officer O’Donnell will temporarily be placed on paid administrative leave.

Police say at this point there is no reason to believe that O’Donnell used his weapon without cause.

 

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