Officer-involved shooting near Cantril leaves man dead

UPDATE: On Wednesday evening, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) released more details about Tuesday morning's fatal shooting outside Cantril, Iowa.

Investigators said Van Buren County Chief Deputy Brad Hudson and Deputy Jon Tharp responded to the multiple reports of a man with a gun walking along Highway 2.

They said the man with a rifle was ordered multiple times to drop his firearm.

The man then turned toward the duputies and raised the firearm toward the deputies.

Due to the man's actions, Tharp fired one shot at the man, which resulted in his death.

The man has been identified as Robert M. Dooley, 59, of Brighton, Iowa.

An autopsy revealed the cause of Dooley's death was a single gunshot wound.

In accordance with Van Buren County Sheriff's Office police, Tharp has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion of the DCI's investigation.

The DCI continues to investigate the incident and will submit its findings to the Van Buren County Attorney's office for review.


The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is looking into an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead late Tuesday morning.

At approximately 11 a.m., Van Buren County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to numerous 911 reports of a man wearing a military uniform and armed with a rifle walking westbound along Highway 2 east of Cantril.

The man was making obscene gestures at passing motorists.

When deputies arrived at the location, the man was ordered to drop his firearm.

According to a press release from the DCI, at that time, the subject pointed the firearm at the deputies.

Due the manâ??s actions, he was fatally shot by one of the responding sheriff's deputies.

The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

The deceased manâ??s name is not being released at this time pending the notification of family members.

The DCI said more information will be released at a later time.