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Suspect dead after shots fired at ISU

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Photo courtesy Lissandra Villa, Iowa State Daily Photo courtesy Lissandra Villa, Iowa State Daily

New details now on a chase that ended with gunfire on the central campus of Iowa State University, the driver police were chasing has died.

The incident happened at about 10:17 a.m. Monday. Ames police tried to make a routine traffic stop after someone reported a stolen vehicle.

The driver refused to stop, leading police on a chase through town. Witnesses say people had to jump out of the way of the truck.

After jumping the curb near the campanile, police say the truck eventually stopped in the wooded area on the Iowa State campus.

Ames police yelled at the driver to shut the truck off, but the driver didn't. That's when an Ames officer fired six rounds at the truck.

The driver of the truck was taken to Mary Greeley Medical Center after being shot and died at the hospital.

The officer has been put on paid administrative leave until the end of the investigation.


Iowa State University police say shots were fired on the central campus Monday morning.

They say there is no danger now and a suspect is in custody.

According to the university's website, the situation began when Ames Police began chasing a vehicle.

They ask that if you are on campus, you avoid the area that is cordoned off and follow officer instructions.

The Iowa State University Police released this update Monday morning on their Facebook page:

"UPDATE: Campus is safe and regular activities are resuming. Ames police attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle and were subsequently led on a pursuit that entered Central Campus. The suspect vehicle rammed multiple police vehicles. An Ames Police Officer fired on the vehicle. The suspect was taken to Mary Greeley Medical Center. If you witnessed this incident, please call the Ames Police Department at 515-239-5133. Thank you for your cooperation."


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