July 5, 2018

A 26-year-old New Virginia man refused to put down a knife Sunday night and “came at” a longtime Panora police officer who shot and killed him, according to Michael Motsinger, a special agent in charge at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, which is looking into the shooting.

The officer, Rock Armstrong, responded to a report that Joshua B. Reed was threatening people with a knife at an apartment building at 502 W. Market St. about 7:20 p.m.

Reed allegedly attempted to attack Armstrong with the knife, and Armstrong shot him multiple times. At least one other law enforcement officer was there but did not fire a weapon at Reed, Motsinger said.

Motsinger declined to say how many shots Armstrong fired nor where the bullets struck Reed’s body.

Paramedics arrived a short time later and gave medical treatment, but Reed died there, Motsinger said. He was not taken to a hospital for further treatment.

A State Medical Examiner autopsy of Reed’s body confirmed he died from the gunshot wounds.

Armstrong has been a police officer for 17 years. He is on paid leave from work until the investigation of the shooting concludes.

It might be weeks before the Guthrie County attorney decides whether or not to charge Armstrong with a crime, convene a grand jury to decide, or pass the results of the investigation to the Iowa Attorney General’s office.