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Winnebago county deputy shoots and kills armed man despondent over medical diagnosis

THOMPSON, IOWA – A Winnebago county deputy shot and killed an armed man despondent over medical diagnosis this past weekend.

On September 11, 2021, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was requested by the Winnebago County Sheriffs Office to investigate an officer-involved shooting that had occurred at 164 Van Buren Street in Thompson, Iowa. The Winnebago County Sheriffs Office had received a 911 report of an assault at that residence.

Upon arrival, Deputy Josh Douglas encountered resident James Anderson, age 48, who was armed with a loaded 9mm handgun. Anderson adulated the 911 call was a ruse and that there had been no assault. Anderson refused to drop his handgun as officers negotiated with him for nearly ten minutes. Anderson was despondent over a recent medical diagnosis. Anderson pointed his weapon in the direction of officers and was Shot one time. Anderson later died of his injuries.

This incident remains under investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, the results will be forwarded to the Winnebago County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office for review.

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