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Iowa DPS: Armed suspect in police chase injured when deputy opens fire

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    STUART, Iowa (KCCI) — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating after a deputy shot and injured a suspect at the end of a police pursuit.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, a Stuart Police Officer attempted to stop a vehicle due to a traffic violation Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

Authorities said the driver failed to stop and a pursuit began. Several law enforcement agencies, including police from Stuart and Greenfield and the Guthrie County and Adair County Sheriff’s Offices, were involved in the pursuit.

According to DPS officials, the pursuit ended in rural Adair County just north of 130th Street on Jordan Avenue, when the suspect abruptly turned around in the road.

“A Stuart Police Officer was unable to stop and struck the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle continued to travel a short distance and ultimately struck a Guthrie County deputy’s vehicle and came to a stop. During this series of events, an Adair County Deputy heard a gunshot from the suspect vehicle. The Deputy exited his patrol car just as the suspect’s vehicle became disabled and observed the driver to be in possession of a handgun. The Adair County Deputy did fire his service weapon and struck the suspect in both arms causing non-life-threatening injuries,” DPS officials said in a news release.

The suspect, 57-year-old Charles R. Bradshaw II, of Jefferson, was transported to a Des Moines hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released a short time later. He was then taken to the Adair County Jail and charged with felon in possession of a firearm, felony eluding and multiple traffic violations. DPS officials said a handgun was recovered from the vehicle Bradshaw had been operating during the pursuit.

The unnamed Adair County deputy who fired his service weapon has been placed on administrative leave as part of standard procedure, DPS officials said.

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