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Deputy involved in fatal shooting Tuesday

Officers were called to address for a report of a suicidal female with knives

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert
The Iowa State Patrol assisted with securing and holding the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the Coleman District Tuesday night. According to Webster County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rod Strait, a sheriff’s deputy fired at a woman during a disturbance. A neighbor witnessed the shooting and said the woman had been running at the deputy with a knife in each hand.

One woman is dead following an officer-involved shooting just south of Fort Dodge on Tuesday night.

The Fort Dodge Police Department and the Webster County Sheriff’s Office were called to 1518 20th Ave. S. shortly after 7 p.m. for a report of a suicidal female with two knives.

Minutes later, there was a report of shots fired at that location.

Neighbor Joe Echelberger, who lives next to the woman’s home, said he was working on his roof when he saw what happened.

According to Echelberger, the woman, who was not identified Tuesday night, ran at the sheriff’s deputy armed with a knife in each hand. That was when the deputy fired at the woman. The woman died at the scene and was transported to the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny for autopsy.

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert The Iowa Department of Investigation is investigating a fatal shooting involving a Webster County Sheriff’s deputy in the Coleman District on Tuesday night.

The incident occurred in the Coleman District, a neighborhood located just south of the Fort Dodge city limits.

There were no other injuries reported.

According to Webster County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rod Strait, the deputy that was involved in the shooting was placed on leave pending the results of the investigation. The deputy was not named Tuesday night.

“This is a complicated scene when officers are involved,” Strait said. “It’s difficult for everyone involved.”

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrived to take over the scene and investigation, as a sheriff’s deputy was involved.

The Iowa State Patrol, Iowa DCI, Fort Dodge Fire Department and the Webster County medical examiner also responded to the scene.

No other information was available on Tuesday night.

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