Ankeny Officer Who Shot and Killed Man During Robbery was Justified, Jury Rules
POLK COUNTY, Iowa — An Ankeny police officer who shot and killed a man during a robbery last fall will not face charges.
A grand jury says Officer Todd Webb’s actions were justified.
Ankeny police were called to a robbery in progress at the Hy-Vee gas station on Oralabor Road on Sept. 15, 2018. The 911 caller told police it looked like a gun fell out of the suspect’s pants.
As officers responded to the scene, they saw the suspect, 31-year-old Christopher Leonard, near the Kum & Go gas station across the street. Leonard pointed his gun at Webb before the officer fired his weapon.
Leonard died at the scene despite resuscitation efforts.
Webb, a 12-year veteran of the department, was initially place on paid leave, as is normal procedure in officer-involved shootings, while the investigation into the shooting took place.
Webb is back at work with the Ankeny Police Department.