UPDATE: Identifications Announced In Fort Dodge Officer-Involved Shooting

Mitch Mortvedt
Assistant Director

August 8, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has identified the subjects involved in the officer-involved shooting on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Melissa Halda, 39, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, was identified as the deceased subject.  An autopsy was completed on Halda by the Iowa Officer of the State Medical Examiner.

Webster County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, Brett Knippel, has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation per Webster County policy.

Previous Press Release – August 5, 2020 


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