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Two Deputies Injured During Pursuit of Alleged Murderer

Des Moines Register via YellowBrix

June 06, 2011

JACKSON COUNTY, IA – An Iowa man was arrested in Philip on Sunday after his wife was found dead and his two-year-old son went missing at their home in Greene, Iowa.

Police arrested 39-year-old Thomas Petersen on Highway 73 near Philip around 7:30 Sunday morning. An Amber Alert had been issued for Petersen’s son. South Dakota police tracked down the car based on information from Iowa authorities.

Petersen led police on a chase. Two sheriff’s deputies were injured in crashes in pursuit of Petersen.

Jackson County Sheriff Ray Clements located the suspect’s vehicle based on information from Iowa authorities. A National Park Service Ranger from Badlands National Park was behind the suspect and Sheriff Clements was ahead of Petersen as they traveled northbound on Highway 73.

Petersen rammed the sheriff’s vehicle, causing the sheriff to lose control of the vehicle, which rolled. Clements suffered non-life threatening injuries. Haakon County Sheriff Mel Smith was traveling south on Highway 73 toward the pursuit.

Petersen swerved and collided with Smith’s vehicle, and both vehicles went off the road. Smith suffered minor cuts and bruises.

When police arrested Petersen, they found the two-year-old unharmed.

Police say Petersen is being held at the Pennington County Jail.


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