NW Iowa Pursuit Ends With Suspect Shooting Himself

Sioux City, Iowa — A pursuit in northwest Iowa turned into a standoff and ended when a man was sent to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, at about 8:30 a.m. Monday authorities in Plymouth County tried to stop a truck occupied by a suicidal man who had also threatened to kill law enforcement. Authorities say the truck eluded the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and the pursuit came into Woodbury County.

Woodbury County deputies were sent to a rural area where the man had pulled into a farm field. The sheriff’s office says the man, who hasn’t been identified, left his vehicle armed with a handgun.

The suspect reportedly had a warrant for his arrest from Minnehaha County, South Dakota, and was a convicted felon. The warrant was for violating a protection order.

Due to his criminal history and threats toward law enforcement, several tactical teams, a crisis negotiator, and armored vehicles were sent to the scene. The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office says the crisis negotiator talked to the man throughout the standoff.

According to a press release from the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, at 2:30 pm, the suspect shot himself.  Medical aid was given to the man, and he was taken to a Sioux City hospital with life-threatening injuries. There have been no updates on his condition.

(Courtesy fellow Community First Broadcasting station KSOU in Sioux Center and Media Partner KTIV in Sioux City)