May 24, 2024

BATTLE CREEK, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. This is being distributed on behalf of the Ida County Sheriff's Office. 


On May 24, 2024, at 11:14 a.m., the Ida County Communications Center received a 911 call of a shots fired incident in the 300 block of 5th Street in Battle Creek, Iowa.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and discovered Kevin Lee Blume, 53, of Battle Creek, Iowa, suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing and there is no danger to the public. 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation; the Iowa State Patrol; the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; the Monona County Sheriff’s Office; the Battle Creek Ambulance; Ida Grove ambulance and Ida County EMS.

Media Contact: 

Sheriff Wade A. Harriman

Ida County Sheriff's Office



The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes seven 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, Professional Development and Support Services Division, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

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