NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – Early Sunday morning, four law enforcement agencies responded to a call stating shots had been fired in a local north Iowa residence. It’s generally a quiet street in New Hampton, however, Sunday morning that was anything but true.
Several law enforcement agencies had 211 South Walnut Avenue secured after receiving a report of shots being fired at 4:45 a.m.
“It was a scary way to begin the day,” says neighbor, Linda Micek “At about 7:00 a.m., I heard a state trooper saying somebody’s name, and they were saying please answer your phone this is the state trooper.” She was in town visiting her family and was very surprised when she looked out her window Sunday morning.
“I thought, well there’s no state trooper here because nothing ever happens here. I got out of bed, and sure enough, all of the state troopers, policeman, and police cars were all at the (neighbors) door, and wanting this guy to come out,” says Micek.
The New Hampton police chief says the suspect finally come out shortly after 7:00 a.m. and was taken into custody. While he isn’t being identified yet, we have learned who was involved. The man’s fiancée says, it wasn’t as serious as it looked.
“He just went out, had too much to drink and just wasn’t himself. He decided that he would just rather take his life,” says suspect’s fiancée, Trisha Shatek.
She and a friend were downstairs when they heard a frightening sound.
“We heard the gun, and quickly ran upstairs and tried to pull the gun away from him. Then a shot was fired through the window,” says Shatek.
Thankfully, no one was hurt in the struggle. She says this incident was very out of character for him.
“I just don’t want everybody to think down upon him because of his bad decision, because he’s a really great guy, hard worker, great with kids, just an overall great guy. We didn’t really see it coming. He just kind of hit an all-time low for himself, but he’s going to get better. He’s going to get help and everything is going to be okay,” says Shatek.
The suspect could face several charges including child endangerment. We will keep you updated as more information is released.
NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – A suspect is under arrest after an incident involving shots fired and a standoff with police early Sunday.
The New Hampton police received a call at 4:45 a.m. that shots were fired at 211 South Walnut Street. Officers from New Hampton police and the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office responded and removed everyone except the suspect from the home.
While the suspect remained inside, members of the Iowa State Patrol Tactical Team and Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist. The suspect was removed from the home shortly after 7 a.m.
The suspect’s finance, Trisha Shatek, spoke with us about the incident. She says after a night of drinking, he came home, grabbed his shotgun and was going to commit suicide. She and a friend intervened and during a struggle for the gun, a shot was fired out an upstairs window. No one was hurt.
He could face several charges including child endangerment.