March 16, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa - On March 16, 2020, at 3:28 pm, the Webster City Police Department responded to a 911 call at 109 Apple Street in Webster City, Iowa, on the report a barricaded subject and hostage situation involving a man and woman. The female reported the male had fired shots at her inside the residence. The Webster City Police Department, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol all responded.  

The Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team and Crisis Negotiators responded and negotiated with the male subject for more than three hours. The male subject threatened to shoot the female in a specified time period, at which time the Tactical Team made entry into the residence. The male was shot and killed.

The names of the parties involved will be released pending the notification of relatives.

The names of the officers involved will be released at a later time. Three Iowa State Patrol Troopers on the ISP Tactical Team have been placed on administrative leave according to DPS policy.  

This incident is under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Upon completion, the case will be forwarded to the Hamilton County Attorney for review. There is no further threat to the public. 


The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

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