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Fake Crime Caller Dies in North Iowa Officer-Involved Shooting

A man who called in a fake crime to lure law enforcement into his home was killed in an officer-involved shooting in north Iowa last weekend.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety has released more details on the shooting at 164 Van Buren Street in Thompson. The incident began about 7 p.m. Saturday night when the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of an assault at that residence. 

Upon arrival, Deputy Josh Douglas encountered resident James Anderson, age 48, who was armed with a loaded 9mm handgun. Anderson admitted the 911 call was a ruse and there was no assault. Officers negotiated with Anderson for nearly 10 minutes, but Anderson refused to drop his handgun. Authorities say Anderson was despondent over a recent medical diagnosis and pointed his weapon in the direction of officers and was shot one time. Anderson later died of his injuries.  

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was requested by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the shooting. Upon completion of the investigation, the results will be forwarded to the Winnebago County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office for review.

Deputy Douglas has been placed on administrative leave per sheriff’s office policy.

The Hancock and Kossuth county sheriff’s offices, Lake Mills, Forest City, Britt and Garner police departments, Iowa State Patrol, Thompson and Buffalo Center fire departments, Forest City Ambulance Service, and MercyOne AirMed helicopter also assisted at the scene.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 641-585-2828.

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Mark Pitz

News Director
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