A gun owner and father of three was fatally shot by a police officer on Monday in Iowa’s eastern part, authorities said.
Key points:A 27-year-old man was shot and killed by a Des Moines police officer near the intersection of the Mississippi River and Iowa AvenueThe officer is on administrative leaveThe man’s family has asked for privacy in lieu of flowers for his wife and childrenPolice were called to the intersection in the Des Moines area at about 4:30pm local time (5:30am NZT) to investigate a shooting, Des Moines Police Department (DPD) spokesperson John Fortunato said.
The man was hit by a stray bullet that struck his torso, Fortunatos said.
“He was on the ground when the shooting occurred.
He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” he said.
Police said they did not have a motive for the shooting, which was not immediately known.
The Des Moines-area area is a hot spot for gun violence, with at least 16 people shot dead since the start of the year.
In the past year, the number of shootings has skyrocketed.
In January, a man was fatally gunned down in a parking lot in south Des Moines.
The incident occurred at the intersection at South Des Moines and Iowa avenues, which is one of two main arterials between Des Moines, Iowa, and Jackson, Mississippi.
The Desoia-area city is in the midst of a national debate over gun control after at least 13 people were shot and wounded by police officers in the past month.
Police are looking for a person of interest in the shooting.