Police in Council Bluffs say two men were arrested early this (Wednesday) morning, after they led police on a chase. Bluffs Police Sgt. Chad Meyers said in a press release Wed. afternoon, 34-year old Kent Hendricks, of Council Bluffs, and 32-year old Ryan Mass, of Omaha, were in the drive-thru pharmacy lane of the Walgreens Store at 535 E. Broadway at around 1-a.m., when a red truck occupied by 33-year old Dustin Boetel and 26-year old Luke Bird, both of Council Bluffs, pulled-up next to their vehicle and the occupants of the truck began arguing with Hendricks and Mass.
When Hendricks and Mass left the area, the suspects followed them and at the intersection of Harmony and Benton Streets, Hendricks and Mass hear a bang and Hendricks felt something hit his left leg. The suspect’s pickup truck then sped toward Harrison Street. Hendricks and Mass checked their vehicle and discovered what appeared to be a bullet hole in the trunk. They called 9-1-1 and gave the last known direction of travel of the suspects’ vehicle.
Officers located the pickup in the 200 block of Orchard Avenue and attempted to perform a traffic stop, but the pickup sped-off with the officers in pursuit. The truck eventually went out of control near 25th Street and West Broadway, and both occupants were detained. In the vehicle, police found .22-caliber rifles, one with a sawed-off barrel and an altered serial number. A shotgun found on the Broadway viaduct was also linked to the suspects.
Authorities say Boetel and Bird face charges that include attempted murder, going armed with intent, assault while participating in a felony, possession of an offensive weapon, and intimidation with a weapon. Boetel faces additional charges of felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of methamphetamine. Bird also faces additional charges. They include Tampering with evidence, Driving While Barred, Possession of Marijuana, felony eluding, and he has two outstanding misdemeanor warrants.
Hendricks’ injuries, which were apparently caused by shrapnel from a bullet or fragments of the driver’s side seat, were not life threatening.