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Iowa man shot dead after confronting police with a hunting knife

This news story was published on July 4, 2019.
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WEST DES MOINES – A man was shot dead by police in West Des Moines this week after confronting officers with a knife.

On July 3, 2019 at 8:28 PM West Des Moines police were dispatched to a 911 call coming from a home at 1036 Woodland Park Drive. The call was for a domestic disturbance. Officers arrived and were confronted by an adult male who was armed with a weapon. Moments later shots were fired. West Des Moines fire and EMS were dispatched to assist.

The suspect – 26-year old Jonathan Pingel – was injured in the shooting. He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. No officers were injured.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating this event. Per policy, the involved West Des Moines officers will be placed on administrative leave pending the results of that investigation.

Later, it was revealed that West Des Moines Police Officer Matthew Wood and Officer Nathan Grove were dispatched to the 1036 Woodland Park Drive on a 911 report of a domestic disturbance. After meeting with the homeowner, Officer Wood and Officer Grove entered the home, where they encountered Mr. Pingel, armed with a hunting-style knife.

Officer Wood and Officer Grove gave Mr. Pingel commands to drop the knife. Mr. Pingel did not comply with the officer’s commands and advanced toward the officers with the knife. Officer Wood and Officer Grove each discharged their firearm, striking Mr. Pingel. Officers and EMS personnel provided Mr. Pingel medical assistance. Mr. Pingel was transported to a Des Moines hospital, where he died.

Body cameras worn by Officer Wood and Officer Grove recorded the encounter. The videos, which are part of the investigation, are not being released at this time.

Per West Des Moines Police Department policy, Officer Wood and Officer Grove were placed on paid administrative leave.

The Polk County Medical Examiners Office will conduct an autopsy on Mr. Pingel.

Once the investigation is complete, the DCI will provide all findings to the Polk County Attorney’s Office. This process may take weeks.

No additional information will be released concerning this investigation.

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31 Responses to Iowa man shot dead after confronting police with a hunting knife

  1. Allen Reply Report comment

    July 6, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    WoW, whats wrong with you assnonymous’s, always jumping to conclusions about someone’s comment. I was just asking a question, that you couldn’t answer, and your panties bunched up. Where in my original comment does it say that I said, THEY SHOULD HAVE TASED HIM. You don’t know me, if you did, you’d realize that I would be the first to say, put these people out of their misery, and save tax payer money. If you can’t get along in society, you don’t belong in society. Can you comprehend that. Bla, bla, bla, Whimper, whimper, Whine, whine.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 7, 2019 at 11:54 am

      youre my favorite internet douchebag. for real. if the admin could archive all your comments and opinions and diatribes, maybe then you could see that yourw the first peron to argue whatever point gets you the most attention. youd rgue with yourself if nobody else showed up.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 7, 2019 at 12:52 pm

        It’s called proper Grammar. You should try it sometime.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 7, 2019 at 1:06 pm

          He’s to busy bashing other posters, and he doesn’t have any common sense or know how to use spell check!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 7, 2019 at 4:12 pm

        ” diatribes”, isn’t that what you do constantly.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 8, 2019 at 10:38 am

          ya, im not gonna worry about proper grammar and sentence structure ect, when 90% of the reason i even come to this site is to troll. if i thought id be changing anyones mind or educating anyone at all i might really care if there where anyone here who would actually have a reasonable informed debate or conversation it might be worth it. thss site is biased and most of the posters are absolute morons why do they deserve spell check and sentence structure? honestly if i wasnt anonymous id probably actually give a f*** fact is this site is a joke most of the people are a joke and you dont need punctuation to get a reaction out of dim wits.

          • Anonymous

            July 8, 2019 at 11:09 am

            You educating anyone…..Hahaha

  2. Blue Pride Reply Report comment

    July 6, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Police Officers Matthew Wood and Nathan Grove deserve promotions and a pay raise for their actions regarding Jonathan Pingel.

    Enough of this crazy idea that these officers (HEROS) should have tasered Pingel. No. He made advancement towards the officers. As a result, they shot and killed him.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 6, 2019 at 7:49 am

    so, maybe those ridiculous magazine capacity bans are pretty damn stupid and unnecessary. real people can just as easily become victimes of knife weidling attackers or otherwise. i say real people because any cops politician or otherwise willing to make unconstitutional laws and actually enforce them, especially when the stste itself has a law outlawing cities from creating restrictions tighter than the state laws. des moines is a shithole but they need to realize they this is not oregon they will not be our portland. the opinions of people in des moines and the des moines pd do not reflect nor do they aline with the rest of the state. instead of making up sime useless policy about mag capacity and letting some halfwit speak on it…. maybe des moines should do something about the heroin junkies all over that horrible hellhole of a town. maybe the anti gun crazy man on their city council needs to go walk his streets and figure out the real problem. sorry if i dont think its ok for des moines to ignore the law and do what they want based on their ultra liberal feelings. magazine capacity bans, what do they do? oh yea take more available rounds away from law abiding ccw’s. hows that helpful. it isnt. des moines does realize murder and assault are iullegal, so we dont need more laws that restrict the methods of murder or assault. because criminals you know murderers and assaulters they have this tendency to not care what the law says. hope you know everyones gping to ignore youre unamaerican anti patriotic ignorant nonsensical feel good achieve nothing idiotic laws. piece of advice, dont pander to idiots like moms demand action or any other group of emotionally charged iq deprived raving foaming at the mouth know nothing wind bags who abandon logic in the pursuit of trying to limit and take away the rights lof people who have never done them or anyone else any wrong to begin with. these are not adults and des moines even entertaining them was embarrassing and sad. made iowans look weak and moronic and apparently des moines needs new leadership because the current guard are a bunch of treasonous pieces of shit.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 7, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      Dude, Take a breath and learn some Grammar!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 8, 2019 at 10:42 am

        dude, if you can read it who gives a fu**? this isnt a classroom and its not formal and it has no name on it therefore there is zero reason to go through the effort. i think you criticize because youre to dumb to weigh in on the actual issue. i am not a professional wordsmith punctuation and grammar dont matter much. school was about a hundred years ago and i work for a living so essay’s havent been important for decades. nobody gives a fu**and im not gonna take shit off a generation that communicates in smiley faces and emojis.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 8, 2019 at 10:45 am

        dude, we know hipsters have short attention spans but that is easily read. maybe you need more adderall and to vape a bit so you can make it through without you anxiety issues? grammar? i see a couple misspelled words. not grammatical issues, kinda look like typos easily made. who proof reads for nit?

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 6, 2019 at 4:44 am

    the Globe must not get the same story, in todays Globe they report, unknown weapon he had, name wasn’t released, how many officers there were and etc. either that or didn’t have the space to report it.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 5, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Tasers are old school – not much fun as plinking -all though I would not like to be stabbed – especially at a distance of 25 ft.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 6, 2019 at 8:09 am

      think its 21 ft friend. thats the distance at which you need to get acting. you dont taser people holding deadly weapons. whats wrong with these people? allen, are you on any side of anything or do you just troll? are you from sheffield?

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 5, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Yes they do – 40 caliber -hollow point tasers or teasers – whatever the victim prefers.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 6, 2019 at 8:09 am

      most cops have switched back to 9mm. 40….. ya.

  7. Allen Reply Report comment

    July 5, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Just wondering, Does Des Moines police have tasers.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 5, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Why don’t you call them and ask? I’m certain the number for the DSM PD is in a phone book or can be found on-line. It’s not like you don’t have the time to do something like that. Regards.

      • Allen Reply Report comment

        July 5, 2019 at 2:21 pm

        I just figured that the anonymous Einstein on this site would know. But I guess he doesn’t.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 6, 2019 at 8:04 am

      you dont use tasers when someone displays a deadly weapon and intent, why is it that you people always want a taser or pepper spray for violent criminals and insane people? personally i now feel as though some of my tax dollars where spent well in 2019. geez if we could get the cops up here to shoot some detroit and chicago trash wed be in better shape. what is this thing stupid people have about violent criminals and their rights? answer that for us snowflake! we really wanna know why you think someone who threatens innocent people with a knife deserves to live?. not every life matters not everyone is a good person not everyone needs to be on the planet. maybe some day youll grow up and understand that? now. tasers do not work that well. nothing like in the movies tv shows and video games you get your real world information and experiences from. pepper spray is a pretty useless item unless you got no wind at all and in the end it sometimes doesnt effect people and other times causes respiratory difficulty that has led to death other times older spray and tasers combined to set people on fire. handgun ammunition is not all that effective it just happens that handguns are…. handy. so a knife wielding crazy person can close a distance of 21 ft in about 1 second. most ccw training indicates that if someone is holding a knife and threatening you they wont listen and keep menacing and advancing well then youre ALLOWED BY LAW TO SHOOT THEM. I would be willing to bet the cops are taught the same thing. wouldnt it really suck to wait til whatever distance and advancement of aggressive behavior it is that liberals find acceptable to began self defense at and end up getting stabbed with a knife covered in hepatitis by some hippy drug addict antifa loser kid? the point of self defense is to come out with as little physical harm as possible and a very hurt fully disabled from being a threat or dead attacker. taking life is perfectly fine if that person was threatening others or yourself. if you disagree society does not need you. people need to stop defending violent criminals whos violence isnt justified or worthwhile. if someone goes out and murders 4 pedophiles they deserve a medal and ten grand. the mexicans that broke in and raped that old lady here in iowa? they deserve to wathc their families burn for their crimes before being skinned alive. justice.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 7, 2019 at 12:42 pm

        You made a lot of sense until you had to bring politics into your comment and blame liberals. That’s too bad everything has to be political with you.
        Just keep drinking that red Kool-Aid imported from Russia…….Sincerely, an Independent thinker

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm

          You really give him a lot of credit for making sense, just saying.

          • Anonymous

            July 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm

            Lol, you definitely got me on that one. Probably one of the stupidest sentences I’ve ever written…

          • Anonymous

            July 8, 2019 at 10:52 am

            what doesnt make sense?if any of that doesnt make sense you just may be a retard who thinks youre smarter than the people around you! lots of retards suffer that same way. tell me what doesnt make sense and ill give you real world examples oe stats or numbers from unbiased sources. if nit was a room i think youd have alot of people quietly standing in a corner some just trying to avoid being noticed others nursing bloody faces. lots of you are smart ass mouthy people but you never have a counter point. geberally you just criticize punctuation or complain about trump, you dont actually know anything about anything at all and you contribute nothing not even opinions unsupported by facts

          • Anonymous

            July 8, 2019 at 3:52 pm


            Anonymous July 8, 2019 at 10:52 am

            Try this one, ( i now feel as though some of my tax dollars where spent well in 2019).

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 8, 2019 at 10:47 am

          well anti gun policy comes from liberal politicians, no kool aid here. i hate both parties but i do have extra contempt for the hipster socialist 20 something brain dead amongst us. they are all followers know nothing and need to keep their underinformed inexperienced opinions to themselves.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 8, 2019 at 11:03 am

          it didnt become political. youre nit picking. i used certain people to illustrate my point. why, because we have some liberals whining in here about why was a violent criminal shot! sorry if youre so far above the rest of us that you dont see or refuse to use labels but people today are very easy to label. there are pretty much four camps in america right, left totallt ignorant morons who barely possess the mental capacity to keep breathing and those of us who reject all the rest. clearly anyone who thinks that violent criminals should be sprayed tased and shot with beanbags are some liberal whiny hippy kids. that wasnt political, just calling the pot black is all.

      • Allen Reply Report comment

        July 7, 2019 at 1:18 pm

        I just watched Live PD last night, you know the one on the A&E channel. Some guy was coming at the police with a big knife and guess what, the police officer shot him with bean bags fired from a shotgun, and they subdued him. But it must have been all fake, or else they were filming an episode of the carbonaro effect.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 8, 2019 at 10:58 am

          less lethal ammunition comes with a host of potential legal ramifications and notice its called less lethal. not non lethal? also youre watching a reality tv show, you really think the tv show is real? in any case what value or benefit comes from subduing a person whos violent and has homicidal tendencies? why would you want to save that person? are you aware that if you save a child molester or a rapist and they go out and murder or rape again, its 100/% your bleeding heart fault? i just want to understand the mindset of people similar to yourself! im trying, because i can not in the depths of my imagination nor the limits of my common sense see the value in not killing people who try to kill innocent people. i dont see the benefit of letting that type of person back into society. are you also the type of person who thinks its wrong to take another life no matter the circumstance? im really honestly curious. understanding your point of view is my goal here. so dont be a dick. im not being a smartass. im asking for a real conversation with out the nit name calling and moronic bullshit. i just dont know how an adult can reach the conclusion that shooting violent people is wrong.

          • Allen

            July 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm

            First of all let me say, I don’t know which anonymous you are, and as you know, that’s usually who comments on this site. Second, I never attack or name call any poster unless I’m attacked first. Now I will say that most everything you say I agree with. As I’ve already said, if you can’t get along in society, you don’t belong in society. If that means extermination, then so be it. Unfortunately this country has turned into a bunch of snowflake pussies. You can’t even talk any more without offending someone, because you have to be politically correct. To that I say bullshit. In the seventies while in college, and I’m going to say the class was psychology, we had a discussion about capitol punishment. I raised the same question that you did about those that kill, rape, molest and are set free. At that time I was for capitol punishment, and I still am. So, if it was my job to flip the switch on someone that can’t coexist without violence against someone, I would gladly do it, and possibly take pictures along the way.