Police: Des Moines teen shot in head; 3 others arrested and charged

DES MOINES (AP) — Three men have been arrested and charged after an 18-year-old was shot in the head near Drake Park in Des Moines, police said.

The shooting was reported Sunday evening after an officer heard gunshots in the area and spotted a vehicle speeding away, according to a news release by police. The vehicle’s driver initially refused to pull over for the officer, police said. When it did stop, police found several people in the vehicle, including the teen who had been shot in the head.

The victim was rushed to a hospital in critical condition.

Two men, 18-year-old Austin James Mallory and 21-year-old Rakewon Patton, were later arrested and were charged with attempted murder and other counts, police said. A third man, 24-year-old Tayronce Devon Denton, was also arrested on a drug count. All three of the men arrested were in the car that was stopped.