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Northeast Iowa Man Takes Own Life During Standoff with Law Enforcement

A northeast Iowa woman is hospitalized with gunshot wounds and a man is dead after he took his own life during a standoff with law enforcement Friday.

The Sumner Police Department says they responded to the 200 block of West 6th Street around 7:30 am Friday, where Chief Dan Wegg says they heard multiple gunshots coming from behind the home. 58-year-old Sharron Kuhlmann came around the side of the house with several gunshot wounds, while 65-year-old Bruce Kuhlmann was armed with a gun and refused orders to put it down.

Multiple law enforcement agencies set up a perimeter around the home, but officers say Bruce Kuhlmann fired several shots into the air and refused to surrender.  The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office says after more than four hours of negotiating with Kuhlmann, the Iowa State Patrol Area C Tactical team used, quote, “less than lethal tactics” attempting to get Kuhlmann to surrender before entering the home. Once inside, Kuhlmann was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was taken to the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The Sumner Fredericksburg School District did not hold classes Friday, due to safety concerns, but the Sheriff’s Office says there is no danger to the public from this incident.

Sharron Kuhlmann was taken to Community Memorial Hospital and then flown to University of Iowa Hospitals, where she is listed in stable condition.

Also assisting at the scene were Bremer County Dispatch, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Fayette and Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Offices, Waverly, Tripoli and Fayette Police Departments, Iowa DOT MVE, SEMS, Community Memorial Hospital, Gunderson Air, Sumner Fire, Tripoli EMS, Bremer County Emergency Management, and Bremer County Medical Examiners Officer.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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