UPDATE: More Details on Jones County Fire and Officer-Involved Shooting
[UPDATE]: The individual shot by law enforcement has been identified as 45-year-old Jeremy Michael Berg, of Elkport, Iowa. An autopsy is set for September 2, 2021.
[ORIGINAL]: Things got heated in Jones County this week after an incident with a structure fire and an officer-involved shooting at a rural residence.
On Tuesday, August 31 Jones County police were dispatched to a home in rural Jones County, located at 23966 42nd Street Martelle after receiving a 911 call from the residence. According to a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, when police arrived they encountered a "large structure fire and an individual with a knife." Reports state that the individual did not comply with officers orders to drop the knife, so non-lethal and lethal rounds were deployed. The individual died at the scene after receiving multiple gunshot wounds.
Law enforcement from surrounding communities also responded to the scene. The report states that the two deputies from the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and three officers from the Anamosa Police Department that fired their weapons, along with a Linn County Deputy that deployed non-lethal rounds have all "been placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation." This is a standard protocol.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating the officer-involved shooting while that state Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) will be looking into the fire. Both of these investigations are ongoing with no additional information at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when they become available. Officer names will be released following the DCI interview, and the name of the individual shot will be released after the family has been notified.
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