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Monday, April 4, 2011

OFFICER DOWN NEWS: (Iowa) Deputy Shot and Killed in Keokuk County

--Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers' family and his police department.
Memorial information will be posted when available.--

STORY AT Eastern Iowa News Now

SIGOURNEY – A Keokuk County Sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed in rural Sigourney Monday by a suspect who also later died, authorities have confirmed.

The deputy was one of three officers with the sheriff’s office who responded to a home a few miles outside this small southeast Iowa town shortly before noon, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Jason Marlow said at an afternoon news conference. Upon their arrival, they received gunfire, he said.

The other two officers were not injured, he said.

None of the names of the involved parties is being released at this time, with Marlow saying that is part of the ongoing investigation.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the “situation was resolved” and the suspect is now dead, Marlow said. He declined to say how the suspect died. He would not say if the deputies fired any shots.

Law enforcement agencies at the city, county and state level responded to the scene, he said.

Mahaska County Sheriff Paul Degeest said the deceased deputy was on the force for eight or nine years. Degeest filled in for Keokuk County Sheriff Jeff Shipley, who was said to be conducting interviews as part of the investigation.

Few other details were available. Authorities declined to say why the sheriff’s deputies were going to the home and wouldn’t even provide the address of the home.

SourceMedia Group journalists saw law enforcement personnel from several agencies responding in the area near 185th Avenue and 245th Street southwest of town.

Marlow said he was not aware of anyone else being in the home at the time of the shooting. He was not sure if anyone lived there besides the suspect.

Marlow said the community is safe.

“At this time, the situation is secure,” he said.

The shooting has shaken members of the community.

“It kind of startled me because that doesn’t happen … around a town like this,” said Brenda Workman, 52, who works in the Country and More store in Sigourney.

Keokuk County has just 10,500 residents. Sigourney has about 2,000 residents and is the quintessential small town with a town square surrounded by businesses, with the county courthouse sitting in the middle.

Gary Kruse, 53, said he saw law enforcement vehicles from several communities whiz past his store, Sigourney TV and Appliance, around lunchtime.

“I’ve had this store 21 years, and I’ve never heard of a law enforcement officer getting shot,” he said.

Authorities said they hope to release more information in a couple of hours.