Shooter taken into custody: No injuries in northeast Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa - Police took an active shooter into custody at an apartment complex on the city's north side shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday. There were no injuries.

Officers responded to a report of gunfire at an apartment complex in the 3500 block of E. Douglas Avenue just before 5 a.m.

When they arrived, gunfire continued, and at one point officers exchanged gunfire with the shooter. At that time, the shooter retreated from an apartment balcony back into an apartment.

During an ensuing standoff, officers were able to secure the apartment building and ensure that residents could be safely be evacuated. A tactical team then entered to apartment shortly before 9 a.m. and took the suspect into custody without incident.

Sgt. Paul Parizek said a distraction device was used to produce a loud noise in order to distract the suspect and allow officers to enter his apartment. The suspect was alone in the apartment unit at the time.

It's not yet known how many shots were fired. A crime scene investigation unit is investigating the scene and looking shell casings.

Des Moines Police were assisted in the active shooter and standoff situation by Polk County deputies and the Iowa State Patrol.

The active shooter suspect is identified as a male adult. Sgt. Parizek said it is not known what the suspect was shooting at, other than officers after they arrived.

Some kids from the apartment complex were reunited with family and friends prior to the shooter being taken into custody. Parizek said about 25 people, including some with medical conidtions were evacuated during the incident.

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