One Dead Following Officer-Involved Shooting in Winnebago County (IA)

The deceased was "despondent over a recent medical diagnosis."

Abby Koch

Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa


Sep. 13—A Thompson man has died after an officer-involved shooting in Winnebago County on Saturday.

On Sept. 11, at approximately 7:01 p.m., the Winnebago County Iowa Sheriff’s Office dispatch took a report of an alleged assault taking place at the Leisure Manor, located at 164 Van Buren St. in Thompson. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call.

Deputy Josh Douglas arrived on the scene and encountered James Anderson, 48, who was a resident at the address. Anderson was armed with a loaded 9 millimeter handgun, according to a press release from Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS). Anderson admitted the 911 call was a ruse and that there was no assault at the address.

The DPS release said that Anderson was “despondent over a recent medical diagnosis.”

Anderson refused to put down the gun as officers negotiated with him for 10 minutes, according to the DPS. He later “pointed his weapon in the direction of officers and was shot one time,” according to the release.

Anderson later died from his injuries.

An officer-involved shooting took place at the scene. “The officer has been placed on administrative leave following the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office policy,” a Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office press release said.

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, and MercyOne Air Medical.

The incident still remains under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Results of the investigation will be forwarded to the Winnebago County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office for review according to Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Abby covers education and public safety for the Globe Gazette. Follow her on Twitter at @MkayAbby. Email her at


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