New details released in officer-involved shooting

DES MOINES - New information was released Tuesday about the July 2017 officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Tiffany Potter.

Potter was shot and killed by police in July 2017. It happened in the 1600 block of East 14th Street in Des Moines, right around 2:00 a.m. Police say there was a confrontation, with both Potter and police exchanging gunfire.

"Tiffany got out of the vehicle very quickly, one of the officers described it as she kicked open the door," Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek said. 

Sgt. Parizek said officers were patrolling July 5, 2017 due to a recent spike of crime in the area. The officers spotted an SUV that Potter was driving, and after the squad car began following it, potter sped up and pulled into a random driveway. 

Body cam footage shows officers running around the house to try and stop Potter, who fires a revolver. That's when Officer Brandon Holtan fired back, firing 12 rounds—10 of which struck Potter. 

Sgt. Parizek said the officers "are probably some of the smartest cops we have", and that they all followed proper training protocols. 

Holtan, as well as two other officers who were present, were placed on administrative leave. They have been identified as officers Brian Buck, Brandon Holtan and Brady Pratt. Buck was hired in 2010, Holtan was hired in 2012 and Pratt was hired in 2013. All three are now back on patrol with the department. 


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