Officers Cleared In Fatal Shooting Of Hornick Man

Sioux City, Iowa — Woodbury County Attorney James Loomis says officers were justified in shooting a man to death in rural Hornick last October 29th.

Forty-four-year-old Walter Sulsberger died in a shoot-out with officers. Loomis says Walter’s father Todd called 9-1-1 around 7 p.m. and told them his son was going to shoot him.

Loomis says Walter told officers he had killed his 72-year-old father and was not going to surrender.

Loomis says Sulsberger set several hay bales on fire in an effort to hide where he was, and there was a five-and-a-half-hour standoff. Armored vehicles were brought in and Sheriff Chad Sheehan says a heated gun battle then broke out.

Loomis says Walter Sulsberger was eventually killed by officers.

Loomis and the Iowa Attorney General both reviewed the DCI report and determined the shooting was justified.


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