Iowa State Patrol pursuit ends with rollover in Bluffs - Omaha.com
Published Monday, December 2, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 7:43 am
Iowa State Patrol pursuit ends with rollover in Bluffs

An Iowa State Trooper was placed on paid administrative leave Sunday after an officer-involved shooting near South Expressway and Veterans Memorial Highway in Council Bluffs.

The trooper, who has not been identified, pursued a man driving a Dodge Ram truck without plates after an attempted traffic stop just before 7 a.m., said Special Agent Mitch Mortvedt with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

The vehicles reached speeds of up to 90 to 100 mph, Mortvedt said.

During the pursuit, the trooper lost control of his vehicle and drove it into a ditch in front of the playground at Heartland Christian School, 400 Wright Road. The trooper exited his car and radioed to other officers that the suspect tried running him over.

The trooper fired multiple shots at the suspect vehicle, striking the man at least one time. The suspect fled westbound in his vehicle on Veterans Memorial Highway and south of 35th Street.

Another trooper then rammed the suspect vehicle, causing it to roll.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Placing an officer on paid administrative leave is a standard practice, Mortvedt said. Officials will interview the suspect, who had a warrant for his arrest and other criminal history, to determine any possible disciplinary action.

The Council Bluffs Police Department assisted with the incident.

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