DCI releases names in officer-involved shooting

45-year-old Wall Lake man found dead following pursuit

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has identifed Matthew Hurley as the man found dead in rural Webster County following an officer-involved shooting and pursuit New Year’s Eve.

Hurley, 45, of Wall Lake, shot at pursuing officers while trying to flee, according to the Webster County Sheriff’s Department.

Two officers — Sgt. Aaron Smidt, of the Iowa State Patrol, and Deputy Chase Goodman, with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department — returned fire, the DCI reported.

Neither those officers, nor any others, were hurt.

Calls to the officers’ respective departments to find out of they had been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation were not returned by press time Wednesday.

No further information has been revealed at this point, and the DCI said an autopsy, toxicology and laboratory testing are pending.

The incident started just after 10 p.m. Monday when Webster County 911 dispatchers received a report of a domestic disturbance just outside the Fort Dodge city limits.

A Webster County sheriff’s deputy responding to the scene saw a vehicle matching the description of one used by someone reportedly involved in the domestic disturbance. That deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver would not stop, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs said the pursuit began south of Fort Dodge, near the Webster County Fairgrounds.

The pursuit ended near the intersection of Iowa Highway 175 and Oak Avenue, which is between Harcourt and Dayton.

During an attempt to stop the vehicle, Hurley allegedly fired shots from it, the Sheriff’s Department reported. Law enforcement officers returned fire.

The vehicle then went out into a field southeast of that intersection and stopped.

Law enforcement officers secured the area and then approached the vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Department. They found Hurley dead inside the vehicle.

A cause of death has not been released by law enforcement.

The DCI is continuing the investigation.

Once the results of that investigation are complete, they will be sent to the Webster County attorney’s office for review.

Sheriff’s deputies from Webster, Calhoun, Hamilton and Boone counties, along with the Iowa State Patrol, and police from Dayton, Gowrie and Fort Dodge responded. The Southwest Webster Emergency Medical Service and an ambulance from the Fort Dodge Fire Department also responded.

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