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Iowa pastor charged after police said he shot at daughter

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Feb 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-23 19:08:41-05

DES MOINES, IOWA — Police say a car was following another when police say the shots rang out.

"The cars contained family members, members of the same family," said Sgt. Paul Parizek.

Police say the family affair included father Michael Cameron Sr., who they believe pulled the trigger shooting at his own daughter.

Another family member filmed video from the scene down the street at 6th and University. She is explaining why Cameron was chasing after his child.

"To keep her from getting into a fight. He came to pick her up," said the family member.

Cameron denies firing his weapon.

And in the cell phone footage, the other family member is upset with how many police officers were on scene.

"This is a complete joke. This many police officers. There's actually more police officers than this."

But Des Moines police Parizek says it's not usually for a large police presence to respond when shots are fired.

"Chasing another car through our streets and firing a gun isn't just family business that we can ignore. I mean these are public safety issues that involve anybody else who's in the area at the time," said Parizek.

Cameron is facing several charges, including child endangerment, for the two children under 18 in his car at the time.

Cameron is a pastor at the Revival Center Church of God in Christ.

"There are certain professions that we expect a higher standard of behavior out of, and whether it's a teacher or a pastor or a police officer. There's just expectations that you're not going to do silly things like this," said Parizek.