Criminal charges will not be filed against a Des Moines police officer involved in a shooting last weekend.
Polk County Attorney John Sarcone says Officer Bryan O’Donnell was justified when he shot at an SUV that was accelerating towards him.
The shooting happened March 2nd during a chase. An SUV driven by a 16-year-old led police through the Willow Park Apartment Complex before losing control.
Officers Bryan O’Donnell and Zach McCarthy ordered the occupants of the SUV out of the vehicle but the driver instead drove at the officers, forcing them to jump out of the way. The officers’ squad car was hit by the SUV.
Officer O’Donnell fired one shot at the SUV, shattering the driver side window. No one was injured and the bullet lodged in the SUV’s dashboard.
The driver and two passengers were taken into custody. The passengers were later released and the driver was charged with 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.
Though Officer O’Donnell has been cleared of criminal charges he remains on administrative leave as the internal investigation determines if the shooting is within department standards and regulations.