“Armed Man Bradley Van Heeswyk Killed by Police in Pleasant Hill Shooting”

By | August 14, 2023



The Pleasant Hill Police Department shot and killed an armed man who was firing a gun in the 400 block of Pleasant Circle. The man was identified as 25-year-old Bradley Van Heeswyk and was taken into custody, but later pronounced dead at the hospital. The officer involved in the shooting has been identified as Officer Steven Burroughs. No one else was injured in the incident. The investigation is ongoing. KCCI reported

The Pleasant Hill Police Department has reported that an armed man was shot and killed by officers on Saturday afternoon. According to a press release, the police received multiple calls at around 1 p.m. regarding a man firing a gun in the 400 block of Pleasant Circle. Upon arrival, the officers found the man still actively shooting the firearm.

The police department stated that one of the officers, identified as Officer Steven Burroughs, shot the man, who has been identified as 25-year-old Bradley Van Heeswyk from Des Moines. The officers immediately administered life-saving techniques and requested ambulance services. Van Heeswyk was then transported to Mercy Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

Following the incident, Officer Steven Burroughs has been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with the police department’s policy. Fortunately, no one else was injured during the shooting. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Pleasant Hill Police Department are currently conducting an investigation into the incident.

KCCI, a news outlet, spoke to a neighbor named Michael McNeley about the shooting. McNeley, who was at work at the time, received a call from his wife, who reported hearing what sounded like gunshots. Concerned for their safety, she had taken their 7-year-old son to the basement while McNeley rushed home. Fortunately, everyone in their household was safe. Police later visited their home to check on their well-being, and their front door camera captured the sounds of gunshots occurring in the neighborhood.

McNeley, along with other neighbors, expressed surprise about the incident as the neighborhood is usually quiet, with children typically playing outside. However, on the day of the shooting, there were no children outside during that time. McNeley mentioned that such incidents can happen anywhere, even in their peaceful hometown of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. He expressed gratitude for the tight-knit community and how everyone came together to support each other during and after the incident.


Investigators later confirmed that before the police arrived, Van Heeswyk had killed two family dogs. Neighbors also noted that the man who was shooting the gun was naked. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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