04/06/2004

Man Arrested After Police Shooting; Told Police to 'Shoot Me'

By Diane Kockler, KCCI-TV News (Des Moines, Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines police arrested a man Tuesday wanted in connection with a hit-and-run accident and a drug investigation.

Officers went to Royal View Manor at 1101 Crocker St. Tuesday morning to question the unnamed man.

Around noon, police said a man came out of the building, entered a vehicle, and when he saw the officers, he sped away.

Police say as he drove away he sideswiped a police car, then slammed into another car at 12th and Crocker (pictured, left). That car had two women and a child in it.

Officers said the man kept driving and crashed into a bus.

Officers said the man exited the car and started to flee on foot. Police chased him and ordered him to stop.

Eyewitnesses said the man was saying "Shoot me, shoot me" to police.

The man pulled out a black object from his pocket, and an officer took it as a threat and fired one shot, missing the man.

Other officers arrested the man (pictured, right). It is not known what he was charged with.

The police officer who fired the shot was identified as Tracy Rhoades. She's been assigned to administraive duties during the investigation, which is standard procedure in a police shooting.

There have been several fatal police shootings in Iowa this year, some of them thought to be suicide-by-cop.

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