November 19, 2023          

RED OAK, Iowa - At approximately 3:32 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2023, a Red Oak police officer made contact with a male subject outside a residence located at 310 Broad Ave in Red Oak, Iowa.  The officer was investigating the driver for operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.  After a physical struggle with the officer, the subject was able to get away and made entry to his vehicle.  In doing so, the subject, in a reckless manner, drove towards the officer.

The officer fired his weapon striking the subject causing a serious, but non-life-threatening injury.

The subject was taken by ambulance to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska for medical treatment for his injury.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has been requested to investigate the officer involved shooting.  

This is an on-going investigation.  No further details are being released at this time.


The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 E 7th St
Des Moines IA 50319