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Des Moines Man Killed by Police During Attack

March 20, 2002
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Des Moines Man Killed by Police During Attack

Associated Press

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man was shot and killed Wednesday morning by police called to enforce a no-contact order at a home in this Des Moines suburb.

Jeffrey Scott Fletcher, 43, came at the two officers with a 6- to 8-inch shard of glass in his hand, said St. Jim Barrett, a police spokesman.

Officer William Taylor fired one shot, striking Fletcher in the upper torso.

Fletcher was taken to a Des Moines hospital, where he died about an hour later.

Fletcher's wife, Jennifer Fletcher, who lives in the home with her two children, had called police. When Taylor and Officer Brenda Davis arrived about 8:45 a.m., she told them that her husband, who was under a no-contact order, had shown up, assaulted her and was still in the house.

Taylor and Davis found him in the basement, where the shooting occurred.

Barrett said officers previously had responded to a domestic disturbance at the home, but he did not know when or how many times they had been there.

An autopsy was scheduled at 8 a.m. Thursday with Dr. Francis Garrity, Polk County medical examiner.

Taylor and Davis were placed on administrative leave pending a routine investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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