On September 11, 2021, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was requested by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer-involved shooting that had occurred at 164 Van Buren Street in Thompson, Iowa. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s 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 admitted the 911 call was a ruse and that there was 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.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave following the Winnebago County Sheriff‘s Office policy.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating this incident. The Winnebago County Sheriff‘s Office was assisted at the scene by the following agencies. Hancock County Sheriff‘s Office, Lake Mills Police Department, Forest City Police Department, Kossuth County Sheriff‘s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Britt Police Department, Garner Police Department, Thompson Fire Department, Forest City Ambulance service, Buffalo Center Fire Department, Mercy One Air Med.
Citizens with information please contact the Winnebago County Sheriff Steve Hepperly at 641 585–2828.