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Police Officer Carlos Bernabe Puente-Morales | Des Moines Police Department, Iowa Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

Police Officer

Carlos Bernabe Puente-Morales

Des Moines Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 5 years, 5 months

Badge # 5172

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Killed in crash

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Police Officer Carlos Puente-Morales and Police Officer Susan Farrell were killed when their patrol car was struck head-on by a wrong way, drunk driver on I-80, at mile marker 117.

They were transporting a prisoner from Council Bluffs back to Des Moines when the crash occurred. Both officers, the prisoner, and the driver of the wrong way vehicle were killed.

Officer Puente-Morales had served with the Des Moines Police Department for five months and had previously served with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and the Ottumwa Police Department. He was a member of the Army National Guard.

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Police Officer Susan Louise Farrell
Des Moines Police Department, Iowa
End of Watch: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Cause: Vehicular assault

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