POLICE SHOOTING: U of I Requested Shooter’s Gun Permit Be Denied

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Records show the University of Iowa tried to keep the student killed in a shootout with police Sunday from getting a gun permit.

Twenty-eight-year-old Taleb Salameh was shot and killed by police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call at his home in North Liberty. Salameh allegedly exchanged gunfire with officers injuring three before he was killed.

All three officers were treated and released.

According to records released to our sister station KWWL, the University of Iowa asked the Johnson County Sheriff to place a hold on Salameh’s handgun permit in 2010.

The records say Salameh was involved in a student assault in 2009. When he applied for the gun permit he was currently seeing a counselor and psychiatrist.

Salameh was serving as a graduate assistant in the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Iowa. He was enrolled this semester as a full-time student.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 2009.