Police Investigating Why Officer Shot Vehicle During Chase

By Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa police are trying to determine why an officer fired a bullet into a car involved in a high-speed chase.

The Des Moines Register reports Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jana Abens said Monday the shot was accidental. She says a reserve officer fired into the passenger-side door after the Sunday chase. No one was injured by the shooting.

The chase ended in the northwest part of the county after the driver reached speeds of up to 80 mph and wove into oncoming traffic. Police sandwiched the vehicle between their cars to stop the driver. He was hospitalized following the chase and has not been charged.

Officials are conducting an internal investigation. Abens says it’s unclear if the deputy will be placed on leave during the investigation.

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