Des Moines Chase Ends in Officer-Involved Shooting Near Ames

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DES MOINES, Iowa – One man is in custody following a police chase and officer-involved shooting early Thursday that began in Des Moines and ended in Story County.

Des Moines police say officers were called on to locate a suicidal person, who was armed with a pistol, around 12:50 a.m. The 21-year-old man was located in the area of 31st Street and I-235 and attempted to elude police.

The chase continued on I-235 through Des Moines and then headed north on I-35. Deputies with the Story County Sheriff’s Office used stop sticks to disable the vehicle a few miles south of Ames on I-35. When the vehicle slowed, the driver fired his pistol more than once.

Senior Police Officer Dustin Wing with the Des Moines Police Department returned fire.

The vehicle stopped and following a short standoff, the suspect threw the gun from the vehicle and surrendered to law enforcement officers.

Police say no one was injured due to gunfire in the chase, but the suspect is in custody at a local hospital and under observation.

Police expect to release the suspect’s name and the charges he faces following his release from the hospital.

SPO Wing is a 13-year veteran of the department. He is on paid administrative leave, per department protocol, while the incident is reviewed.