DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Des Moines police officers have been placed on standard paid leave following the officer-involved shooting of a man police say threatened a woman, then violently attacked responding officers.
Police said Saturday in a news release that the shooting happened early Friday morning after officers were called to an apartment complex by a woman who said a man had threatened her. Arriving officers encountered the 34-year-old suspect, and when they tried to arrest him, he became violent, the release said.
“Sustained efforts to stop the attack on them and bring the suspect into custody were met with increasing violent resistance,” police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek said.
Police said Officer Charlie Negrete, a 32-year veteran, then fired his gun, seriously wounding the suspect, who remained hospitalized Saturday. Negrete and another officer, 30-year veteran Alycia Peterson, are now both on leave pending an investigation. Police have not released the name of the wounded suspect.