POLICE SHOOTING: Man Shot After Assault

Posted on: 11:55 am, July 11, 2013, by , updated on: 05:31pm, July 11, 2013

Des Moines police are releasing more information about an officer involved shooting that injured one man Thursday morning.

Police say Detective Yanira Scarlett was in the area of 19th Street and Mondamin a little before 11:00 a.m. on another call when she noticed an assault happening inside a stopped vehicle at College Avenue.

She turned her vehicle around and got out to talk to the female assault victim, who had stepped out of the car. Scarlett was wearing plain clothes but had her badge on her belt and identified herself as a police officer.

Police say the man who committed the assault, Tyjuan Tucker, kicked out the car’s back window and crawled out. He began advancing on Scarlett despite her commands to stop and go to the ground. She continued to back away but when Tucker was only a few feet away he tried to punch her. That’s when she drew her gun and shot Tucker in the torso one time.

Several witnesses are being interviewed as part of the investigation.

Det. Scarlett has been placed on paid administrative leave until the internal investigation is complete. That is standard procedure.

Tucker is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. When he is released from the hospital he will be charged with domestic assault causing bodily injury and two counts of assault on a police officer.