DES MOINES, Iowa – Investigators are releasing more information into an officer-involved shooting that happened in Des Moines over the weekend.
The officer has been identified as Officer Nicholas Hershel-Anderson of the Clive Police Department. He has been with the department since August of 2016.
A news release from the Des Moines Police Department says the man shot by Officer Hershel-Anderson is 26-year-old Meamen Jean Nyah. He is still hospitalized. Nyah had been on supervised release on a federal charge of an unlawful user of controlled substance possessing firearms.
The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday after a Clive police officer, who was participating in a special traffic enforcement project in and around West Des Moines, attempted to pull over a gray Dodge Charger for a traffic violation near 63rd Street.
The driver refused to stop, and officers were led on a high-speed chase on eastbound I-235.
The suspect vehicle crashed at the 42nd Street exit in Des Moines and two male suspects fled from the vehicle on foot.
Police say while chasing Nyah in the 600 block of 42nd Street, he pulled out a pistol. That’s when Officer Hershel-Anderson fired, hitting him multiple times. Nyah was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.
"It appears certainly that they've made a conscious choice, one of them at least, to escalate this to the point where he presented deadly force to an officer. We had to respond, and you have to understand that if those things happen the great consequence of that is you could lose your life," said Sergeant Paul Parizek from the Des Moines Police Department.
Police scoured the neighborhood and with the help of a K-9 officer were able to locate and arrest the second suspect, 27-year-old William Leanthony Marcell Carr. Carr had arrest warrants in connection with a Des Moines incident in which he displayed a gun and fired it in front of children.
Police recovered a handgun at the scene that had been reported stolen during an October 2019 burglary in Des Moines. They found a second handgun near the scene of the shooting.
The investigation into the incident continues.
Officer Hershel-Anderson is on administrative leave while the Des Moines Police Department investigates the officer-involved shooting. The United Stated Attorney's office will hand all criminal charges.
"Our piece in this is to investigate the circumstances of the officer involved shooting. So, we're looking at all the evidence that was gathered there at the scene, the guns that were recovered, we're going to be examining the body camera video, the in-car video, and putting all that together so that we can exactly say this is what happened out there at the scene. [We will] present that to the Clive police department, the county attorney's office and then they'll move forward with their half," said Parizek.
Charges are currently pending for both suspects.