Iowa Department of Public Safety
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Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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For immediate release:
Media Contact:
Special Agent in Charge Adam DeCamp
July 8, 2019


Additional Information
July 7, 2019 Officer-Involved Shooting in Leon

As a follow up to the July 7, 2019 officer involved shooting in Leon, the DCI is releasing additional information including the identity of the officer and the driver.

On July 7, 2019, at 3:08 a.m., Leon Police Officer John Thomas stopped a vehicle driven by 55-year old Patrick Bauer of Marshfield, Missouri. During the stop, Mr. Bauer approached Officer Thomas, who was seated in his marked police vehicle. Mr. Bauer sprayed Officer Thomas with a chemical agent, which is commonly referred to as “mace”. After being sprayed, Officer Thomas fired multiple rounds from his handgun, striking Mr. Bauer.

At the scene, law enforcement and emergency medial responders provided medical attention to Officer Thomas and Mr. Bauer. Officer Thomas was released from the scene. Mr. Bauer was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital, where his condition is currently unknown.

There is no known video recording of this incident. Officer Thomas was not wearing a body camera and his vehicle was not outfitted with a video camera.

Officer Thomas is on paid administrative leave.

DCI agents will continue to gather the facts surrounding the shooting. The findings will be forwarded to the Decatur County Attorney’s Office. This process may take several weeks.

No additional information will be released concerning this investigation.

Previous Related Press Release - 07/07/2019


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

     Officer John Thomas 


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