Update: Authorities Identify Man Shot by Police at Homeless Camp
DES MOINES, Iowa – An officer-involved shooting injured one person Friday afternoon in an area just south of Terrace Hill in Des Moines, near a homeless camp.
Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department says the incident began a little after noon when officers were responding to a complaint about a homeless camp in the area of the 2300 block of Terrace Road, down by the railroad tracks.
While officers were in the camp, they came in contact with some people who had outstanding warrants. While they were dealing with that, they encountered 26-year-old Des Moines resident Bryan Norris who was not cooperative with police and jumped in the Raccoon River. Police said Norris initially provided officers with a false name, but when his true identity was revealed, they realized a warrant was wanted for his arrest.
Police had called for a wet team to come get Norris out of the river, but Sgt. Parizek says Norris exited the river on his own and armed himself with a shovel. Norris initially ignored an officer’s command to drop the shovel. As he advanced further, police said Norris dropped the shovel, only to pick up a machete-style knife. He then ran toward officers, ignoring their commands to drop the knife, and that’s when an officer shot him once.
Norris was hit in the upper abdomen and transported to the hospital for treatment. Police said he remains hospitalized after undergoing surgery.
Police said Norris will be arraigned on pending felony charges of assault on a police officer with a weapon (two counts) and interference with official acts with a weapon. Norris had been wanted for failing to appear in Polk County court for a theft arrest that occurred in West Des Moines.
Police have not yet released name of the officer who shot him but said the officer is a 12-year veteran of the Des Moines Police Department. The other officers on scene are 11-year and 18-year veterans of the department. The officer who shot Norris will be placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, per department policy.
Two other people with arrest warrants were identified and taken into custody. Police are interviewing multiple witnesses and processing the scene for evidence.