May 2, 2020

Council Bluffs officer shot at, returns fire, injures suspect outside gas station

Council Bluffs officer shot at, returns fire, injures suspect outside gas station


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) — A Council Bluffs Police Officer avoided being shot and returned fire leaving a suspect wounded after the officer told the man to return a gas can he was stealing Saturday morning, according to authorities.

The shooting happened outside a gas station near 35th Street and Nebraska Avenue at about 8 a.m., officers at the scene told 6 News.

The suspect, described as an adult male, had entered the gas station and stole a gas can before walking out of the business, police said.

At the same time, a Council Bluffs Officer pulled into the parking lot and the clerk at the station told the officer the suspect had taken a gas can without paying for it.

Police said the officer told the man to return the gas can when the man grabbed a gun and fired one shot at the officer.

The officer returned fire and injured the suspect. The officer was not injured.

The suspect was taken to a trauma center in Omaha for treatment to non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect’s girlfriend at the scene was taken-in for questioning by authorities. Security footage is being reviewed.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for updates.





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