Jacob Downs

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Service Record

Agency Centerville Iowa Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service 2017 - September 15, 2022[1]
Salary $63,214 (2021)[2]
Last Known Status Terminated[3]

Incident Reports

2021 Death of Kevin Arbogast

On November 21, 2021, officers were called on a domestic violence incident involving Arbogast and his estranged wife. Arbogast's 15-year-old son answered the door wearing a bulletproof vest, as Arbogast had told him that "something is going down". Arbogast appeared from behind the garage wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a rifle. Arbogast briefly pointed the rifle at officers while they ordered him to drop the rifle.[4]

After a few minutes, shots were fired, and Arbogast was struck and killed.[4]

The incident was captured by body-worn cameras and in-vehicle cameras.[4]

Response Timeline

The state attorney general ruled Downs and the other officers were justified.[3]

2022 Misconduct

On August 31, 2022, the department received information of alleged misconduct by Downs.[5]

Downs sent an explicit video while on duty.[3]

Downs was having a sexual relationship with a known criminal.[3]

Response Timeline

On September 1, 2022, Downs was placed on paid administrative leave.[1]

After the initial allegations, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation investigated Downs, but found no criminal behavior.[5]

The Centerville Police Department conducted an internal administrative investigation.[5]

On September 15, 2022, Downs was fired for violating department policies covering Conduct Unbecoming, Consorting, Acts or Statements, and Ethical Standards.[5][6]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: neutral
Protect & Serve rating: bad
Individual Rights rating: neutral
Accountability and Integrity rating: neutral
Off Duty rating: neutral
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