One dead after officer-involved shooting in Panora, Iowa

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PANORA, Iowa (WOI) – A man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Panora Sunday night. 

The Guthrie County Dispatch Center received a 911 call at approximately 7:19 p.m. Sunday in reference to a report of a male subject with a knife threatening people in an apartment complex, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. The Panora Police Department responded to an apartment building at 502 West Market Street in Panora.

Upon arriving at the address, law enforcement located a male subject in the apartment hallway, who confronted law enforcement with a knife. Law enforcement ordered the subject to drop the knife several times, but the man refused.  

An officer with the Panora Police Department engaged the subject and fired his weapon striking the male subject. The subject was given medical aid, but later died from his injuries.

The subject in the shooting has been identified as Joshua B. Reed, 26, of New Virginia, Iowa. The autopsy of Reed was conducted Tuesday by the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death was ruled homicide.

The officer involved in the shooting is Officer Rock Armstrong. Officer Armstrong has been an officer for 17 years, and is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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, Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol.

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