Knife-wielding man killed by Panora police officer Sunday

The Guthrie County Sheriff's office received a report about 8:19 p.m. Sunday of a man threatening people with a knife in an apartment house at 502 W. Market St. in Panora.

PANORA, Iowa — A man was shot and killed by an officer of the Panora Police Department Sunday evening after he refused to drop the knife he was holding.

According to a statement released Monday morning by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), which is investigating the officer-involved shooting, the Guthrie County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call at approximately 8:19 p.m. Sunday about a male with a knife who was threatening people in an apartment complex.

An officer of the Panora Police Department responded to the apartment building at 502 W. Market St. in Panora, where the officer located a man in the apartment hallway who confronted the officer with a knife.

The officer ordered the man to drop the knife several times, but the man refused to drop the knife.

The officer “engaged the subject and fired his weapon, striking the male subject,” according to the DCI statement. “The subject was given medical aid but later died from his injuries.”

The body of the suspect was transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, where an autopsy will be conducted, the statement said.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave until the completion of the investigation.

“The name of the victim and of the officer involved will probably be released tomorrow,” Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Michael Motsinger said Monday. “We want to notify next of kin.”

The Panora Police Department is being assisted in the investigation by agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Crime Scene Team from the DCI Criminalistics Laboratory, the Guthrie County Sheriff’s office and the Iowa State Patrol. will update this story as information becomes available.


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