Boy, 16, dead after Des Moines police shoot him during argument

Police in Des Moines early Monday shot and killed a 16-year-old boy who they say pointed a gun at them as they tried to break up a domestic dispute.

A police news release said a relative of the boy called police about 12:30 a.m. to report the dispute at 400 E. McKinley Ave., an apartment complex a few blocks north of Blank Park Zoo on the South Side. The caller said it was the boy who was armed with a gun, the release said.

According to the account provided by police, officers arrived and found the armed boy in an apartment with other family members. “Officers began several minutes of negotiations in an attempt to de-escalate the situation,” the release said. “During that time several requests were made to him to put the gun down.”

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The boy then raised his gun at the officers, and more than one fired their guns at him, the release said.

“Officers immediately began life-saving efforts, including CPR,” the release said. “Des Moines Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and took over these efforts while transporting the patient to a local hospital. He later died in hospital.”

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The officers’ body cameras were recording during the confrontation, the release said. It said the shooting was Des Moines’ first officer-involved shooting in 2022.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the investigation and more details will be released later today, police said.

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