Group takes dozens of birds from shooter’s home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An animal welfare group says it’s removed dozens of birds and other animals from the home of a Des Moines man killed in a shootout with police.

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa says in a news release Friday the organization has removed 55 exotic birds, four cats and a snake from a Des Moines house. They also removed two dead birds.

The house was the residence of 38-year-old Steven Jon Vogel, who died Wednesday night in a hospital from gunshot wounds sustained in a shootout earlier in the day. Police say he shot about 100 rounds, firing at homes and moving vehicles.

The Animal Rescue League says it will care for the birds, cats and snake while officials work with Vogel’s relatives on the permanent placement of the animals.

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