Burlington, Ia- At approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday the Burlington Police Department responded to the 1700-block of Amelia Street regarding multiple shots being fired. Upon arrival officers located evidence of gunshots having been fired from a shotgun; however, the suspect had already fled the area. There were no reported injuries at this scene.
While investigating the shots fired incident, at 3:55 p.m. the Burlington Police Department responded to the area of Highway 34 and Central Avenue regarding a personal injury accident. Prior to officers arriving on the scene, witnesses indicated a male fled on foot from the vehicle involved in the accident and was armed with a shotgun. The male was last seen running into the timber south of Highway 34.
The Burlington Police Department and the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office began canvassing the area in an attempt to locate the male armed with the shotgun. At approximately 4:09 p.m. Des Moines County Sheriff’s Deputies encountered the male who was still armed with the shotgun. The male exchanged gunfire with the deputies before fleeing back into the wooded area. This incident was an active shooter situation in a residential area. At 4:44 p.m. the male was located at the edge of the wooded area and taken into custody in the 1100-block of Agency Street.
The male sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and was transported to GRMC by ambulance. No officers were injured in this incident. Charges are pending consultation with the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office.
The name of the suspect and deputies involved in the officer-involved shooting are not being released at this time.
The Burlington Police Department was assisted in the active shooter situation by the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office, West Burlington Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, and the Iowa Department of Motor Vehicle Enforcement.