Iowa Department of Public Safety
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For immediate release:
Media Contact:
  DCI Special Agent in Charge Richard Rahn
September 11, 2019


Burlington Officer-Involved Shooting

On September 11, 2019, at approximately 12:50 AM, Burlington Police Department (BPD) and Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office (DMCSO) responded to a shots fired call in the 300 blk of N Gunnison Street. Witnesses described a white S-10 Chevrolet pickup truck, with a topper as possibly being involved in the aforementioned shooting.  At approximately 12:57 AM, BPD officers located the vehicle near Central and Division Streets and initiated a vehicle stop near Angular and Summer Streets.  Initial reports indicate the driver exited the vehicle and displayed a firearm towards the officers and the subsequently fled on foot.  Law enforcement gave chase and multiple rounds were fired by the suspect and law enforcement.  The suspect, whose name will be released once family has been notified, was mortally wounded and pronounced dead at the Great River Medical Center. The Officers and Deputy were not injured in the incident.  

The Burlington Police Department and the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office requested an independent criminal investigation be conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).  Per departmental policy, the BPD officers have been put on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.  The names of the officers and deputy will not be released prior to their interview with DCI. 

No further information will be released at this time.



The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state.  It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

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