For anyone that heard this, I just wanted to let them know that it wasn't Joel involved, although he was on duty and arrived at the scene just after. We had a pretty sleepless night, but are just fine! It certainly puts the reality of his career in our minds though, knowing that at any time, a routine traffic stop or routine call can become anything but routine. Luckily, the training for this career is pretty extensive. But still, it makes the possibility a complete reality when it happens. I like to think that he is safe always and that people are innately good, but I can't convince myself of that. I know that it is dangerous and that the reason Joel has a career is because crimes are committed and not everyone is good.
Man Shot During Police Stop At McDonald's - Des Moines News Story - KCCI Des Moines
But, I'm glad he's at home sleeping and that the other officer was able to go home to his family this morning after work. That's the important part, that they are all safe and home sleeping, because it just as easily could have been one of them that was life-flighted and in the hospital now.