Two officers shot during North Liberty call

Gunshots fired soon after they arrived, standoff followed; injuries reportedly not life-threatening

Vanessa Miller
Published: March 10 2013 | 10:55 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 12:32 pm in
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Johnson County and state authorities spent the night investigating at the scene of a shooting in a North Liberty mobile home park where two officers were reportedly injured.

Preliminary reports were that two officers were shot after responding to a domestic incident before 6 p.m. Sunday, according to police reports and Jessica Lown, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Lown said.

It’s unknown if others were shot, and Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said last night that he couldn’t comment on whether anyone was killed or taken into custody.

Pulkrabek, speaking on behalf of the North Liberty Police Department on Sunday, said North Liberty police were called to the Holiday Mobile Home Court, 1 Holiday Lodge Rd., for a domestic incident. Almost immediately after arriving, gunshots were exchanged, Pulkrabek said.

He said he couldn’t comment on the extent of the injuries or how many people were hurt.

Pulkrabek said at 9:30 p.m. that there was no longer a threat to the community. But, he said, he expected law enforcement to be at the crime scene all night. He said the next information would come this morning.

Marc Yamashita, who lives a few doors down from where he believed the shooting occurred, said his children heard the gunshots. He said they heard two shots, as did some of his neighbors.

He said police cars immediately swarmed the street — he counted 21 at one point.

This is not the first shooting, he said, talking about other experiences he’s had since moving into the community two years ago.

"It concerns me," he said, adding that he’s also concerned for the safety of his children.

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