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May 01, 2007
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Officer shoots, kills man in Iowa break-in

Two shots to chest prove fatal; Taser was reportedly requested

The Associated Press

DES MOINES, IA — A Des Moines police officer shot and killed a man police said had broken into a house and was threatening the officer with a shard of glass.

Police said David Stehl, 35, of Des Moines broke into a two-story Woodland Heights house, smashing several windows in the process.

Sgt. Todd Dykstra of the Des Moines Police Department said Stehl approached Officer Ben Ihde, 44, with a shard of glass from a broken window and, after telling the man to drop the shard several times shot him twice in the chest.

Dykstra said residents of the house called police early Sunday morning and reported a break-in. At about 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, Stehl forced his way into the house and fought with one of the house's residents, Dykstra said.

Ihde and another officer arrived at the house and found Stehl standing near the front door holding a shard of glass, Dykstra said. Ihde told him to drop the shard. When he refused and continued to walk towards Ihde, the officer fired two shots at Stehl, killing him.

"It's very much a justified shooting," Dykstra said. "It definitely is the last recourse an officer wants to be involved in."

Stehl's parents declined comment through lawyer and family friend Paul Tyler.


 






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