ANKENY, Iowa – A burglary suspect was shot by an Ankeny police officer Tuesday morning after law enforcement responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a car wash.
The Ankeny Police Department says officers were called to the Ankeny Auto Spa at 909 E. First Street around 4:00 a.m. When officers arrived they observed a door had been forced open and saw a male inside the building.
Officers entered the business and confronted the masked suspect. The gave the suspect commands but he did not follow them. Police say he advanced on officers and that’s when Officer Tony Higgins shot him.
The suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Myles Regenold of Des Moines.
Ankeny Police Chief Darius Potts held a news conference Tuesday afternoon about the incident. He says Officer Higgins fired two shots and at least one of them hit Regenold in the right elbow. Regenold was taken to a Des Moines hospital for treatment. The injury is non-life threatening.
Officer Higgins has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, per department policy.
Charges have not yet been filed against Regenold.