Father of Pleasant Hill Shooting Suspect Arrested

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The father of the man accused of going on a shooting spree in Pleasant Hill was arrested hours after his son, Monday.

Accused shooter, Pete Polson, 32, went before a Polk County judge Tuesday morning. He’s charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of willful injury, one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and one count of possession of a weapon as a felon.

Pleasant Hill police caught up to him and arrested him within an hour of the first shot being fired, Monday morning.

Police say Polson shot two people, in three separate incidents.

They have not been able to find any connection among his targets.

One of Polson’s alleged victims was starting his car when he was shot in the stomach just after 6:30 a.m., four minutes later another man was shot at a different location while clearing ice from his windshield wipers.

Police say Polson shot at another person in the Copper Creek area, but no one was hit in that incident.

Later in the day, Polson’s father, Peter H. Polson, 60, was booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver.

He bonded out early Tuesday morning.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t said whether this incident is connected to his son’s arrest.


  • The Crew

    I blame society. Can we please get this family some food stamps, disability, and most importantly Section 8 housing?

  • Terri polson

    And let’s get the facts rite if u want to slander the Polson family ,we are from the southside .for many many years back we have been southsiders,don’t judge the family cuz one done something wrong, as for the dealing if drugs ,there’s a person like that in each family so check your own before u judge mine

    • Kaye

      No drug dealers or people that shoot randomly with intent to kill in my family. So nope I have to disagree with you. Doesn’t matter what side of the metro. It’s a bit hard not to judge when the family is crime ridden.

      • Nicole

        Well maybe if the system had helped Pete when he tried to go to for treatment but they turned him away saying he didn’t need help

  • Common sense

    Ok justice system…time to make an example of these people instead of slapping their wrists and given probation after a couple years in the clink..make it count so others may think twice before doing something stupid like this not to mention you owe it to the victims.

  • Tyia

    I am no one to judge, but the everyone has a little fucked up person in there family somewhere. Admit it or not! But he didn’t think about the lives he shattered being so dumb! Innocent people died because if his carelessness, that’s not fair to the families that’s grieving right now! In my opinion I feel like having a father dealing drugs didn’t make his son go out and kill anyone, he did it because he didn’t have a father that wasn’t man enough to raise another man. My heart and prayers go out to each family and may everyone find peace someday!

    • Krjbolej

      How can she say that and my post’s get the boot for saying c r a p ?? 5 other people in my family got the boot also, but they weren’t immediate family and lived in every corner, plus the middle of Des Moines, so that must be why.Carry on.

  • Bob W

    This whole family is messed up, all sons have been arrested many times and have spent more time in jail than free. Matt Polson is another example of people gone bad having been arrested more times for everything from drugs to guns… Mom has been arrested on drug charges and is set to spend time in jail….

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