Saturday, August 28, 2010

Man shot was permit holder

A Webster City, IA man was shot during a traffic stop by Webster City police. Driver exited his vehicle and reportedly aim a handgun at the police Sergeant who fired in self-defense.
Jensen [the driver] had a permit to carry the gun, according to the Hamilton County sheriff's office. It was confiscated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. While the DCI investigates the shooting, both the police report and the footage from the camera in [Sgt.] Ely's patrol car will not be made public, according to Hughes.

WC man shot in traffic stop had pistol
With the recent changes in Iowa CCW law go into effect Jan 1, I predict the Des Moines Register making hay of this in 3... 2... 1...

Update - Des Moines Register is reporting the Jensen also had a restraining order against him. Under current law he should not be in possession of a firearm. A scheduled hearing on Monday probably would have resulted in him turning them in.

Look for Attorney General Tom Miller to make political hay in 3... 2... 1...

2 comments:

Sailorcurt said...

Hmmm.

Why would he pull a gun for a simple traffic stop?

The fact that he had a protection order against him, the reported court date and the probable nature of the situation would indicate that this gentleman was probably going through a very traumatic life event.

Suicide by cop?

strandediniowa said...

I bet you're right, Curt. I was looking at how the antis would use this to their political advantage, not from his point of view.

He's still in pretty bad shape in hospital. Maybe when he pulls through, we may know why.

For his family's sake, I would hope he pulls through and recovers. From all accounts the Sgt. is on leave and not giving interviews. This is a traumatic event for not just those two, but to their families as well.