Police identify man shot by West Des Moines officers

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WEST DES MOINES — One man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in West Des Moines Wednesday night.

The shooting resulted in the death of 26-year old West Des Moines resident Jonathan Pingel. It took place at 1036 Woodland Park Drive in West Des Moines.

West Des Moines Police Officer Matthew Wood and Officer Nathan Grove were called to the 1036 Woodland Park Drive for a possible domestic disturbance. After meeting with the homeowner, Officer Wood and Officer Grove entered the home, where they encountered Pingel, armed with a hunting-style knife.

Officer Wood and Officer Grove told Pingel to drop the knife. He didn’t comply with the officer’s commands and advanced toward the officers with the knife. Officer Wood and Officer Grove each discharged their firearm; striking Pingel. Officers and EMS personnel provided Pingel medical assistance. He was taken to a Des Moines hospital where he later died.

Pictured left is Officer Matthew Wood and pictured right is Officer Nathan Grove.

Body cameras worn by Officer Wood and Officer Grove recorded the encounter. The videos, which are part of the investigation, are not being released at this time.

Per West Des Moines Police Department policy, Officer Wood and Officer Grove have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Once the investigation is complete, DCI will provide all findings to the Polk County Attorney’s Office. This process may take weeks, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

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