1 man dead after Ankeny incident that prompted shelter order; suicide is suspected

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1 man dead after Ankeny incident that prompted shelter order; suicide is suspected


One person is dead after an apparent shooting that prompted Ankeny officials to order some residents to "shelter in place" Thursday.  Police Lt. Brian Kroska told reporters that authorities suspect a suicide. An investigation is underway.  Kroska said that the man had been fired from his job earlier Thursday. He went inside a business near West First Street and Southwest Linden Street and bystanders thought they heard a gunshot. They called police between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m.  Ankeny police and Polk County sheriff's deputies made a perimeter and ordered people at nearby businesses, schools and residences to stay inside and away from windows. They helped evacuate businesses next door.  When they went inside they found an adult man dead.  Ankeny Christian Academy, a private school that offers preschool through 12th grade, is part of the shelter in place, said Sara McClintock, a receptionist at the school. She said the school was not locked down; families were notified about the shelter in place at 1:35 p.m.  Students are not going outside for recess or leaving the school. They are also staying away from windows, she said.  "We're waiting for the green light that says we're okay," McClintock said. "It hasn't been resolved yet."  Teresa Wallingford, 49, of Elkhart said she was at an apartment half a block from the scene when she went outside to see what was going on.  “It’s a little unsettling for Ankeny,” Wallingford said.  Wallingford said she saw officers enter a building with shields and 15 law enforcement vehicles were at the scene.  This story will be updated as more information becomes available

One person is dead after an apparent shooting that prompted Ankeny officials to order some residents to "shelter in place" Thursday.

Police Lt. Brian Kroska told reporters that authorities suspect a suicide. An investigation is underway.

Kroska said that the man had been fired from his job earlier Thursday. He went inside a business near West First Street and Southwest Linden Street and bystanders thought they heard a gunshot. They called police between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m.

Ankeny police and Polk County sheriff's deputies made a perimeter and ordered people at nearby businesses, schools and residences to stay inside and away from windows. They helped evacuate businesses next door.

When they went inside they found an adult man dead.

Ankeny Christian Academy, a private school that offers preschool through 12th grade, is part of the shelter in place, said Sara McClintock, a receptionist at the school. She said the school was not locked down; families were notified about the shelter in place at 1:35 p.m.

Students are not going outside for recess or leaving the school. They are also staying away from windows, she said.

"We're waiting for the green light that says we're okay," McClintock said. "It hasn't been resolved yet."

Teresa Wallingford, 49, of Elkhart said she was at an apartment half a block from the scene when she went outside to see what was going on.

“It’s a little unsettling for Ankeny,” Wallingford said.

Wallingford said she saw officers enter a building with shields and 15 law enforcement vehicles were at the scene.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available
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