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Urbandale Police

URBANDALE, Iowa — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a woman they say has information regarding a fatal officer-involved shooting Saturday morning.

Urbandale police have issued a material witness warrant for 17-year-old Kiara Olson.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call WestCom Dispatch at 515-222-3321 or Central Iowa Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400.

Saturday Shooting

The Urbandale Police Department, Polk County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are currently investigating the incident that happened just after 4 a.m. at the Holiday Inn located at 4800 Merle Hay Road.

Authorities say they were tipped off to the hotel on a drug complaint. After entering the lobby, officers confronted three people and a struggle began with one of them. The person in the struggle was in possession of a handgun and fired it during the incident.

Officers returned fire and the individual, 29-year-old Ali Eisa Abdalla Yahia, was hit. He died from his injuries.