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June 08, 2007
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Iowa officer kills suspect who fired on police

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa  An Osceola police officer killed a man Thursday after the man allegedly fired a gun at officers, authorities said.

The man was approached by two officers at about 1 p.m. in the Osceola town square when he pulled out a gun and fired, said Osceola Police Chief Marty Duffus. One of the officers shot back and killed the man, Duffus said.

Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

"When you get into law enforcement, this is something you hope never happens," Duffus said.

State and local authorities have not said why the officers approached the man. However, witnesses said they saw the man shoot his gun into a second-story apartment building before police arrived.

He fled a few blocks, where the officers confronted him.

"The Police Department, I believe, did a really super-fast job," said Fred McLaughlin, a tenant in the apartment building.

He said he called police after he saw the man brandish his gun on the street, then shoot into the upstairs window. At the time, he was unsure if the woman who lived in the apartment had been hit but later saw a taxi bring her home, he said.

"I didn't even know," McLaughlin said. "She could've been laying up there dead."

It was not immediately clear what relationship, if any, the woman had with the gunman.

Jim Saunders, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, has not confirmed the circumstances surrounding the shooting. He said more details will be released as the investigation continues.

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