Police fatally shot armed man after high-speed chase into Fife


Police shot an armed man to death early Friday after a high-speed chase ended in a Fife parking lot.

The incident started about 12:45 a.m. after Des Moines officers were called to a domestic dispute. Dispatchers warned that the man might have a gun.

As they pulled up to the home, officers saw the wanted man racing away on a motorcycle. The chase lasted for several minutes until he crashed in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in the 3400 block of Pacific Highway East.

It’s unclear what happened to prompt the shooting, and whether the man shot at the officers.

At least one Des Moines officer fired at least one shot, Fife police said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they found a handgun near his body.

The Des Moines officer who shot the man has been with the department for 21 years. He has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653