Boone police have released the identity of the man shot and killed at the Boone Hy-Vee Monday morning. Boone police say the Hy-Vee employee with the knife was 29-year-old Gerald Beals the second of Boone.
He was confronted by officer Rod Thompson, a seven-and-a-half year veteran of the police force. Thompson ordered Beals to put his knife down, but Beals ignored the officer and continued to advance toward Thompson. Thompson used his tazer, but Beals did not stop, and Thompson pulled his gun and fired multiple rounds at Beals.
Beals was pronounced dead at the scene. The State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny is performing an autopsy on Beals.
By Jim Turbes, KWBG, Boone