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Gunfire Exchange In The Drake Neighborhood

The Des Moines Police Department received a report of shots fired from a resident near the Drake neighborhood around 11:35 a.m. on Sept. 15.

According to DMPD Sgt. Paul Parizek, the homeowner, who lives in the 1300 block of 22nd Street, said that he too was armed and returned fire.

“Patrol officers responded to the scene and observed shell casings that appeared to confirm an exchange of gunfire,” Parizek said. “The homeowner was not injured.”

The resident informed officers that the incident occurred when a group of juveniles was in the process of stealing his bicycle on his property. When he confronted them, one of the juveniles shot at the resident with a handgun, and he fired back.   

“The juveniles ran from this location,” Parizek said. “Officers and detectives continued this investigation and learned that the juveniles had boarded a bus that was en route to the central station downtown.”

A couple of the juveniles ran and were caught a short distance away. DMPD detained a 15-year-old male who was found to have a handgun on him. Further investigation found evidence of his involvement in the exchange. 

He has been charged with robbery 1st-degree, carrying weapons, and assault with a dangerous weapon. The others caught were not charged in connection to the incident.


  1. Georgia Marie strable schofield September 18, 2022

    Are you for real there was four or six of them there was Casey’s 19 or 20 all over the ground from forest to University there was Casey’s all over there was more than one teenager there was four or six kids teenagers that got on the bus the Des Moines PD are freaking lying there was guns tossed in the alley between 22nd and 23rd there was more than one kid they were on bikes they did a drive by in a car then they stole bikes there was more than one gun there was a guy left at the scene then there was four or five guns that got on the bus and found that dirt why do people want to lie

  2. Georgia strable schofield September 18, 2022

    I listen to the police scanner 24 hours 7 my brother was murdered in 2016 and the Des Moines PD still has not solved it I have five kids and 25 grandkids I’ve lived in this neighborhood I used to live on 23rd and Forest I know everybody up and down this block did you mind PD or liars Dennis strable cold case murder shit in the head
    Frist they said he was target and they had tips now they say they don’t know six years later they won’t talk to me I told them it was Christian Snyder

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