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25-year-old male charged following active shooter situation in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa. (WHO-TV) – A 25-year-old is charged after an active shooter situation in Des Moines.

Our NBC affiliate WHO-TV says Troy Donald Ramero Ruggles is charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and two counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

Police responded to reports of gunfire at an apartment complex in the 3000 block of East Douglas Avenue around 5 this morning.

Sergeant Paul Parizek said, “As the first officers arrived they were met with gunfire. At one point one of our officers did exchange gunfire with the suspect who then retreated from I believe the balcony back into the apartment.”

Officers contained the incident to an apartment within 3560 East Douglas Avenue.

“We deployed a distraction device, which was probably that loud boom that you heard. We did that and then we were able to take him into custody without incident,” Parizek said.

Around 8:40 a.m. Metro STAR tactical unit officers entered the apartment and took Ruggles into custody.

Around 30 residents evacuated the building as officers contained the situation.

No one was injured.

DART provided transportation to residents in the apartment complex while the situation was resolved at a location on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

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