Authorities name Panora, Iowa officer and armed man shot

UPDATE:   Authorities have identified the name of a knife-wielding man, shot and killed by a Panora Police officer Sunday night, as well as the officer involved.

An autopsy on the body of 26-year-old Joshua Reed of New Virginia, Iowa was conducted today (Tuesday).   The cause of Reed's death was multiple gunshot wounds.

The Panora Police officer involved in the shooting is Officer Rock Armstrong, a 17-year-veteran.   Officer Armstrong is on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police say Reed had been threatening people at a Panora apartment complex Sunday.  Police ordered Reed to drop the knife several times, but police say he refused.      Officer Armstrong fired his  weapon, striking Reed.

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PANORA, Iowa-  A man who was reportedly threatening people with a knife last (Sunday) night in Panora, was shot by a police officer, and has died of his injuries.

Police were called to an apartment complex at 502 West Market Street around 7:20 p.m.   Authorities  say when they arrived, a man, armed with a knife confronted them at an apartment complex.   Police ordered the man to drop the knife several times, but police say he refused.   

An officer  fired  his weapon, striking the  man, who later died.    The Officer is on paid leave, pending an investigation.   

No other details are being released at this time.

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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