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A Des Moines man shot by police last week is refusing to talk with investigators. But he is talking to Channel 13.

“I hear another boom. And my rear view window shatters. And I hear another boom and I’m hit. That’s when I’m like, ‘somebody’s shooting at me,'” says 30-year old Shawntae Young, recalling the night he was shot in the back by police.

“After I’m hit I’m like ‘oh my god’ and I slam on the accelerator and I’m trying to make it to the end of the block and I’m hearing shots and another shot comes and I’m hit in the arm. And this is when I’m taking a right so I’m almost spinning out.”

Young says he was driving along 15th Street on March 20th after dropping his children off at his fathers when he saw a car blocking the road. He says he went around the car, not realizing it was a police car and officers opened fire.

Police say they believed Young was trying to run down officers investigating a different shooting and that’s why they shot him.

Officers say they have video proof that Young is lying, but they will not let us see the video.

“You see him come to a stop, officers approach the car, they flash lights at him, because he’s kinda coming at a high rate of speed. They approach the car. There’s some, I’m told some dialogue,” says Sergeant Jason Halifax. “(The SUV) goes into gear forward. that’s when our officers fired shots at it. Then it goes southbound and around the sideways parked squad car.”

Police say Young is refusing to cooperate with their investigation. His lawyer says they had scheduled a meeting with police for Friday, but they are canceling the meeting because of comments police are making to the press.

So far Young has not been charged with a crime.

17 comments

  • Jake Moretti

    Sounds like another lawsuit that us hard working taxpayers well end up paying for is in the near future, All because some more incompetent DSM Police Officers!!!!!!!

  • Shanneklockmanyoungjr

    I just wanted to say that my uncle wouldent do that to any police officer cause he knows he has two sons and wouldn’t want them to grow up with no dad his a great uncle and father so I know those police offices or lying. They just don’t want to get in trouble for for shooting at a guy that didn’t do nothing.

  • Coffee Pot

    This has a few issues, doesn’t it. Cops will tell you, don’t shoot after they are not a threat and are leaving. But they do it. Be aware of what your shooting at, like the rest of the neighborhood in case you miss. And no video….. but they have one.

  • Sheree

    Give a person a badge and they think they can do whatever the hell they want. When the law breaks the law there is no law. Billy jacks best words.

  • Sue

    Check out Shawntaes rap sheet on Iowa Courts Online. Obviously very busy doing things he shouldn’t be.

    • John

      I did, very long record. Channel 13 incorrectly reported that he had a clean record on the news last night.

    • Garrette Boone

      Being they didnt know who he was until after the fact, and he hasnt been charged with a crime. What revelance does hes record have??? Does that entitle the police to shoot at him 51 times???

    • Chet

      I couldn’t find any information on Iowa Courts Online. I probably wasn’t doing it right. Could you post a link? Or, could you post a rundown of previous charges? Thanks.

    • Nicole

      That’s ridiculous to imply that his past would suggest he attempted to run down police officers in his vehicle. Let’s be sensible.

      • Chet

        I think Sue just pointed out WHO misreported on Young’s record. The reporter last night said he didn’t have a record. If he does, that’s very interesting. I want to see the DMPD recording.

  • Joe Droppert

    I know I wouldn’t drive past a police car parked sideways in the road, and I’m sure anyone would know it’s a cop car….

  • kim

    What is wrong with you @Bill ? Sounds like you are the loser so quick to judge someone you don’t even know. That whats wrong with today’s society people like you… The cops have a video tape but have not showed it why?? because they in the wrong and are now trying to justify how they almost killed a man. if they had any evidence any different he would have been handcuffed. And I hate how people always try to bring up someone past. oh he did this he did that bla bla. These police officers need to be accountable for their actions and des moines need to suspend them so this doesn’t happen again!!!

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