Iowa Patrol Trooper Shot Dead Amid Standoff With Barricaded Man, Authorities Say

Written by on April 11, 2021

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A 27-year veteran of the Iowa State Patrol was shot and killed throughout a violent standoff with a person who fought again towards brokers in an armored personnel provider and stated he wished to shoot different officers, authorities stated Saturday.

Sgt. Jim Smith was killed Friday evening in Grundy Heart as he and different officers entered the house of Michael Thomas Lang, 41, who fled there after an earlier police pursuit, authorities stated.

The standoff ended about midnight Friday when a crew of freeway patrol troopers in an armored personnel provider smashed into the house. Lang fired a number of pictures on the provider. Three officers contained in the provider returned hearth, hitting the person a number of instances, authorities stated.

Lang was hospitalized in essential situation on Saturday. He was charged with first-degree homicide and is being held on $1 million bond.

Iowa Division of Public Security Commissioner Steve Bayens stated Smith “died a hero” and “sacrificed himself defending others.”

“We’re hurting, we’re indignant,” Bayens stated. “However relaxation assured we’re not damaged. We’ll proceed to shoulder the burdens of our communities whereas carrying our personal. We’ll proceed to face within the hole of excellent and evil as a result of, like Jim, that’s what we’re known as to do.”

Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of the division of prison investigation, stated occasions started at 7:22 p.m. on Friday when a Grundy Heart officer tried to cease Lang for a site visitors violation. Lang was recognized to Grundy Metropolis officers and was not imagined to be driving, he stated.

Lang fled however ultimately stopped and assaulted the officer, Mortvedt stated. In the course of the assault, Lang yelled “Shoot Me” on the officer a number of instances, and Lang disarmed the officer of his gun and stun gun and put him in a chokehold, he added.

A Grundy County deputy arrived and instructed Lang to drop his gun. Lang as an alternative yelled “Come get me” and received into his car. He ended up at his house, and a number of other regulation enforcement officers arrived, Mortvedt stated.

Lang’s father arrived and instructed officers his son had a number of weapons in the home.

4 Iowa patrol troopers, together with Smith, and a Okay-9 unit, entered the house, and Smith was shot as officers tried to clear the home, he stated. Two members of the crew retreated into the basement whereas different officers pulled Smith out.

Lang barricaded himself for a number of hours. Officers who have been within the basement stated Lang made a number of statements about taking pictures Smith and “expressed the need to shoot extra law enforcement officials,” he stated.

About 11:50 p.m., a patrol crew tried to enter the house within the armored personnel provider and exchanged gunfire with Lang, Mortvedt stated.

No different officers have been injured.

Gov. Kim Reynolds stated she plans to order flags flown at half-staff in Smith’s reminiscence.

“It’s with deep sorrow that we acknowledge the lack of Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith, a brave hero who died within the line of responsibility,” Reynolds stated in a press release Saturday. “Sgt. Jim Smith was a loving husband, father of two, and a pillar of the group. I together with your entire state of Iowa grieve for his household and pals as they struggle to deal with this devastating loss. At this time we’re as soon as once more reminded of the selfless sacrifices the courageous women and men in uniform make. Allow us to always remember their bravery and that of their family members.”

Smith is the 11th trooper to die within the line of responsibility within the patrol’s historical past. The final loss of life was on Sept. 20, 2011, when Trooper Mark Toney died in a crash in Warren County as he tried to make a site visitors cease.

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