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Colorado man takes life inside Ankeny business after learning he was to be terminated


This news story was published on January 4, 2019.
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ANKENY – A tragic situation unfolded at an Ankeny, Iowa business Thursday as a man took his own life after learning he was to be terminated from his job.

On Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at approximately 12:23 PM, Ankeny police officers were sent to Fun and Action, 106 SW Linden St. Suite 1D, in response to a call of shots fired. Based upon information gathered from the caller, adjoining businesses and the above apartments evacuated.

A person who called 911 reportedly explained that the deceased man – identified as 45-year-old Clifford Scott Gottula of Arvada, Colorado – was about to lose his job at the business. KCCI TV reports that after receiving this information, Gottula went into a nearby bathroom at which point employees heard what they believed to be a gunshot.

After unsuccessful attempts at establishing communication with Gottula by a negotiator, officers and deputies entered the business where they found Gottula dead inside, from what appeared to be a self-inflected gunshot wound.

Ankeny detectives processed the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

The Ankeny Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Ankeny Fire Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the Polk County Medical Examiner.

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6 Responses to Colorado man takes life inside Ankeny business after learning he was to be terminated

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 7, 2019 at 7:47 am

    That’s what can happen when you hire family.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Fun and Action??

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Sounds like a competitor to Pure Pleasure.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 6, 2019 at 10:07 am

    So, someones mad men fantasy didnt play out and they took the cowards eay out? Big loss. Boohoo.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 7, 2019 at 8:04 am

      That is pretty callus of you. Did you ever think the guy was obviously sick.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 21, 2019 at 5:19 pm

        Its callous or its harsh but true. Youre way to sensitive ti the plight of strangers. One less sick weak person on the planet. Good news here. He disnt take anyone else with him. Maybe if he had mental issies that caused him to ve so fragile something like the prospect of filling out new job application’s shoved him over the edge he should have already been locked up in the nut hatch.