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Shootings in Ottumwa leave one dead, at least two injured

OTTUMWA ? One person is dead and at least two others injured in separate shootings Friday in Ottumwa, including a shootout between suspects and law enforcement officers.


The Ottumwa Police Department issued a news release on the incident but is withholding the names of the subjects involved.


At 1:42 p.m. Friday, the Ottumwa Police Department received a call reporting shots fired at 831 S. Lillian St. in Ottumwa. The caller advised that one person had been shot. Officers responding to the area of the shooting were advised that three male subjects involved in the shooting were fleeing the area on foot.


The subjects were reported to be running west bound in a creek. Officers then responded to Liberty Elementary School where they confronted three male subjects approaching the elementary school.


At approximately 1:49 p.m., officers came under fire, and they returned fire. According to the Ottumwa Police Department, officers located two of the male subjects in a field area behind Liberty Elementary School. Both subjects sustained injuries.


Both subjects were transported to the Wapello County Rural Fire Department where they received medical treatment. One of the male subjects was pronounced dead at that scene. The second male subject was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center and later transported to another hospital.


Numerous law enforcement officers responded to the area of Liberty Elementary School to assist the Ottumwa Police Department in locating the third male subject. After an extensive search of the area, a third male subject was located hiding in a wooded area near the scene of the incident. That subject was taken to the Wapello County Jail on an outstanding arrest warrant for escape/absence from custody.


The person who had been shot at 831 S. Lillian St. was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center and later transported to another hospital.


Due to this being an officer involved shooting; the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation will conduct the remainder of the investigation.


Fairfield Police Capt. Colin Smith said the Fairfield Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff?s Office sent more than a dozen members of its Special Response Team to assist in the search for the third man.


?We sent pretty much everybody,? he said.