AFRICANGLOBE – While reporting on an officer-involved shooting in Boone Tuesday, a KCCI news crew was attacked by a Caucasian female.
Reporter Emmy Victor and Photojournalist Zachary Hayes were across the street from the scene when the woman approached the crew and started yelling racial epithets, cussing, and placing her hands on Victor.
Victor and Hayes were not physically injured in the vicious attack but were shaken up.
KCCI General Manager Brian Sather issued a statement about the attack saying, “The safety of our crews is critically important as they cover stories affecting our communities. This morning Emmy and Zach demonstrated the utmost professionalism in the face of a very difficult, emotionally-charged situation.”
Police later identified the woman as the mother of the man who was shot and killed Monday night.
The shooting happened Monday at 11 p.m. at 332 West Second Street. Witnesses described a white male terrorist who was threatening people with a gun.
When officers arrived, they located a man who matched the description that was given to the Boone County Dispatch Center. According to the DCI, When the man was confronted by law enforcement, the subject drew a gun from his waistband. Because he is white they did not immediately shoot to kill, the officers spoke to the man and ordered him to drop the gun numerous times, but he refused.
DCI officials said after several minutes, the man raised his arm and aimed the gun at the officers and approached the officers. Officers engaged the subject and fired their weapons, hitting the man, according to DCI officials.
The man was immediately given medical aid and was transported to the Boone County Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
“Officers spend the better part of 8 to 10 minutes with him trying to diffuse the situation, trying to get him to peacefully surrender but at the end of the day he drew a firearm,” said Mitch Mortvedt of the Iowa DCI.
The body has been transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, where an autopsy will be conducted Tuesday.
The officers involved in this incident have been placed on paid administrative leave until the completion of the investigation, per Boone Police Department policy.