Ames police identify driver, officers involved in shooting


Kral was transferred from Mercy Hospital to the Story County Jail this morning.

Sarah Haas

Ames police identified Julian Anthony Kral, 40, of New Ulm, Minn., as the driver shot by police around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Kral was released from Mercy Hospital and transferred to the Story County Jail on Wednesday morning, according to a news release. He has been charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, disarming a police officer, eluding a police officer and interference with official acts.

The department also released the names of the two officers who fired weapons at Kral after he allegedly attempted to accelerate toward the officers.

Officers Patrick O’Bryan and Joshua Vander Zwaag were the officers involved. O’Bryan has been employed as a police officer for two years. Vander Zwaag has been employed as a police officer in Ames for a year and a half.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Ames Police Department are investigating the circumstances of the incident.