Ottumwa police release name of suspect who shot himself

UPDATE: Late Monday afternoon, Ottumwa police released an update on the person who shot himself in the head while police were pursuing him.

On Monday at approximately 10:36 a.m., the Ottumwa Police Department responded to the area of Jay Street and Morrell Drive, after receiving a report that Zachary Lee Davidson, 22, of Ottumwa, was walking in the area.

Davidson was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.

Police arrived and located Davidson walking on Jay Street. Police said Davidson then ran from officers to a residential yard near the intersection of Ogden and Ash Street.

Davidson then got out a firearm and shot himself in his head.

Ottumwa police and fire personnel immediately began lifesaving measures on Davidson. Davidson was transported to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center and later transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa where he remains in critical condition.

This incident remains under investigation.

An investigation into a suspicious person ended in a suicide attempt Monday morning.

The incident happened near the intersection of North Ash and Ogden Street on Ottumwa's east side.

Just before 11 a.m., police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the area.

Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew told KTVO what happened next.

McAndrew said as officers approached the suspect, he pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head.

Scanner traffic indicated the person was still alive when transported from the scene.

Chief McAndrew said the injury is extremely serious.

Police are attempting to notify family members. McAndrew didn't know if or when more information might become available.

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