2 Des Moines, Iowa police officers killed in head-on crash

Four people were killed early Saturday, including two rookie officers, when a car driving the wrong way struck their police cruiser that was transporting a prisoner in Des Moines, Iowa, authorities said.

At about 12:40 A.M. Local Time on Interstate 80 two Rookie officers from the Des Moines Police Department were conducting a routine Prisoner Transport from Council Bluffs to Des Moines when their car was struck by a vehicle driving the wrong way on the freeway. 

A press conference was held and Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek says Officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales were killed in the crash that occurred around 12:40 a.m. Saturday just east of Des Moines. The prisoner in their custody was also killed as was the driver of the vehicle that struck them.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the crash.

“We face a nightmare that no one ever wants to experience,” Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert said Saturday. “Words cannot express what this loss means.”

Both Officers had just graduated the Police academy in October 2015.

Farrell worked for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for several years before joining the Des Moines Police Department. Puente-Morales served with the Ottumwa Police Department and was a reservist in the Army National Guard.


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