Hardin County, Iowa — Seventeen year old Richard Awe-Kramer of Marshalltown, Iowa was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a class C felony and one count of assaults on persons engaged in certain occupations, a class D felony. These charges stem from an incident on November of 2012, in which Awe-Kramer fired a dangerous weapon at a Hubbard, Iowa motorist and pointed a dangerous weapon at the local Sheriff.
On November 2, 2012 at approximately 2:47 PM, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call requesting Deputies respond to 22626 I Ave in rural Hubbard, Iowa. Awe-Kramer had reportedly shot at a vehicle as it went past this residence. Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the reported location. During the attempt to apprehend Awe-Kramer, Sheriff Timothy Smith confronted Awe-Kramer. An investigation into this incident, conducted by the DCI and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, has revealed that Awe-Kramer raised a dangerous weapon toward Sheriff Smith and refused commands to drop the weapon. Sheriff Smith discharged his firearm, striking Awe-Kramer. The teen was immediately air lifted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines for treatment.
Since the time of the shooting, Awe-Kramer has been hospitalized in Iowa and Nebraska, followed by detention at the State Training School in Eldora, Iowa. Today he was transported to the Hardin County Jail. Awe-Kramer remains in custody on $20,000 bond.
In early 2013, the Hardin County Attorney in consultation with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office reviewed the DCI investigation into the use of lethal force by Sheriff Timothy Smith in this incident. The review determined that Sheriff Smith’s actions were justified and no charges were warranted.
It should be noted that all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.