Chase Suspect Discarded Stolen Gun Near Des Moines Elementary School
DES MOINES, Iowa – Two men were arrested early Wednesday morning after police had to use a PIT maneuver to end a chase in the Prospect Park neighborhood. Police also say a gun was thrown from the car during the chase and it was discovered not far from an elementary school.
Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department says the chase began around 1:00 a.m. at MLK Pkwy and Clark St. An officer tried to pull over a vehicle due to a traffic violation, but the driver refused to stop.
The chase ended just over a mile away at 27th St. and Holcomb Ave., when police used a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle.
The driver, 23-year-old Malik Trotter of Des Moines, was arrested at the scene and is charged with eluding and driving while suspended.
Police say the passenger, 26-year-old Shaukim Redd of Hammond, Indiana, fled the scene on foot. A K-9 officer tracked Redd and was able to locate him hiding behind a nearby shed. He is charged with violation of parole and interference with official acts.
Later Wednesday morning, police say they received information that something was thrown from the vehicle during the chase. Police located and recovered a stolen handgun. Police said in a social media post the gun was found in leaves along a sidewalk just one block from a Des Moines elementary school.
Two more charges were added for Trotter because of the discovery of the gun — trafficking in stolen weapons and possession of a weapon a felon.
Both men are being held in the Polk County Jail.