Iowa man wounded by police officer during traffic stop

The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Posted: Jul 7, 2019 9:44 PM
Updated: Jul 7, 2019 10:37 PM

LEON, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man is hospitalized after being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in a small town about 70 miles south of Des Moines.

The Des Moines Register reports the shooting happened early Sunday in Leon, Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the driver sprayed the officer with a chemical agent before the officer shot him.

Authorities did not immediately release the names of the officer or the driver, but they said the driver is a man in his 50s who was flown to a Des Moines hospital in critical condition after the shooting.

Authorities declined to say why the man was stopped and how many times he was shot.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

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