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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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    darsavmo

    about 3 years ago

    11356 Comments

    Quick recovery for the Deputies, a long (life-long) prison sentence for the POS...

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    Hbryant188

    about 3 years ago

    594 Comments

    Good job catching this monster. Glad the deputies aren't injured too bad.

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    Irishcop1961

    about 3 years ago

    50506 Comments

    Prayers for the child and the victims family. Wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the two deputies. Hope the POS never sees the light of day again.

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    jpdsgtusmc

    about 3 years ago

    126 Comments

    2 injured while chasing a major POS. Swift recovery for the deputies, a long sentence for the dirtbag and care, peace and healing for the child!

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    LanaNJ

    about 3 years ago

    6948 Comments

    Too many stories about the Selfish acts of others leading to Children loosing one parent to homicide, and the other to Jail. Hope these officers are ok, and they watch over this child as best they can until he's placed in permanent foster care. When will people realize, in the end It's the Children that will have to live an eternity of suffering. Parenting equates to unselfishness and hard decisions, one should never cause their child termoil and risk if they consider themselve's a loving parent.

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    Magee88

    about 3 years ago

    2688 Comments

    with his child in the car? what an a**hole.

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    bstites

    about 3 years ago

    1028 Comments

    Hopes for a speedy recovery!

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    wiseass0282

    about 3 years ago

    10982 Comments

    Quick recovery to the Officers. This guy should be charged with attempted murder of the Officers as well and the charges for killing his wife. Glad the child is OK.

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    rhood

    about 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Prayers for both officers to make full recoveries.

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