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Iowa DPS identifies law enforcement officers from shooting that killed Centerville man

Kevin Arbogast, 45, was killed in the incident. DPS did not release information on exactly what happened during the officers' response.

CENTERVILLE, Iowa — A man is dead after authorities were called to a Centerville area home to check on a reported domestic assault Sunday afternoon, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS). 

DPS released information Monday that Centerville officers and an Appanoose County deputy responded to the report about 3:45 p.m. Sunday in the 2100 block of 560th Street outside of the town. 

Centerville is about 70 miles away from Des Moines. 

After they arrived, someone fired shots and a man was killed. Later Monday afternoon, authorities identified the man shot and killed as 45-year-old Kevin Arbogast of Centerville.  

On Wednesday, DPS identified the law enforcement officers involved

  • Centerville Police Officer Jacob Downs 
  • Centerville Police Officer Greffe Holmes
  • Appanoose Sheriff's Deputy Allen Buckallew

DPS hasn't released any information about who may have shot Arbogast. There is no word on if the officers will be charged. 

"Domestic abuse situations are among the most dangerous for the officers and for those people involved in a domestic situation," said DCI Special Agent Adam DeCamp. "So this is something, unfortunately, the officers had trained for and prepared for. However, the situation itself did not end the way anyone wanted it to end." 

DPS says no officers were injured. 

"As in standard practice, the involved law enforcement officers have been placed on critical incident leave," DPS said in a release. The agency has not yet named the officers involved. 

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting at the request of Appanoose County Sheriff Gary Anderson and Centerville Police Chief Tom Demry. 

According to DPS, all of the findings will be sent to the Appanoose County Attorney's Office and the Iowa Office of the Attorney General. DCI will review all available sources of footage to get a better picture of what led up to the fatal shooting. 

"Officers were equipped with body-worn cameras during this incident as well as other recording devices in the area," DeCamp said. 

In the end, Arbogast's death is the seventh fatal shooting by an Iowa officer this year. However, DeCamp says that statistic is lower than normal. 

"We're looking at probably one a month throughout the state as an average," DeCamp said. "So maybe 12 or so per year is where we're at in Iowa for officer-involved shootings."

An autopsy will be conducted on Arbogast to determine "the exact cause and manner of death," the release says. The names of the officers involved have yet to be released. 

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