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DCI continues probe into shooting by deputy

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is continuing its probe of a fatal shooting that involved a Webster County sheriff’s deputy earlier this week.

On Tuesday evening, the sheriff’s office was dispatched to the 1500 block of 20th Avenue South in the Coleman District just south of the Fort Dodge city limits. Deputies and a Fort Dodge police officer were sent to a residence for a report of a suicidal female armed with two large knives shortly after 7 p.m.

Reports of shots fired in that location came just minutes later.

A neighbor, Joe Echelberger, said he saw the incident while he was working on his roof at the home next door to the location. He said the woman had ran at the sheriff’s deputy while armed with a knife in each hand, when the deputy shot at the woman.

The woman, who was not identified by law enforcement by press time on Wednesday, was transported to the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny for autopsy.

The DCI arrived and took over the scene and investigation at the request of the Webster County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy involved was placed on administrative leave as required by departmental policy.

The DCI did not release any further information on Wednesday.

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