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Iowa DPS identifies man shot, killed by law enforcement in Jones County

The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced Jeremy Michael Berg was shot and killed Tuesday night when officers responded to a building fire in Jones County.

MARTELLE, Iowa — At least five law enforcement officers shot and killed a 45-year-old man holding a knife outside a structure fire in rural Jones County Tuesday night, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS).

On Wednesday, DPS identified the man as Jeremy Michael Berg of Elkport. 

DPS says the shooting happened when law enforcement was called to a property about a mile southeast of Martelle. Arriving officers came upon a large structure fire and Berg holding a knife. 

Berg did not comply with orders to drop the knife.

He was shot multiple times and died at the scene. Officials say two Jones County Sheriff's deputies and three Anamosa police officers all fired their weapons and have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation per department protocol.

Investigations are ongoing by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office. An autopsy has been scheduled with the Iowa Medical Examiner's Office for Thursday. 

DPS said officers' names will be released after they are interviewed by the DCI.

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