One dead after pursuit ends in shootout

DCI investigating Webster County incident

FORT DODGE – One person is dead after what started as a domestic disturbance became a pursuit that ended in gunfire in Webster County late Monday night, according to investigators.

”It’s a tragic end of the year and start of the new year,” Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs said Tuesday morning.

The individual’s name had not been released by authorities as of Tuesday night.

The cause of death hasn’t been revealed either, but the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has described the incident as an officer-involved shooting. That agency is handling the investigation.

No law enforcement officers were injured in the incident.

The situation began 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 deputy sheriff 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.

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, shots were fired 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 the individual dead inside the vehicle, the department reported.

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.