The Ottumwa Courier

October 16, 2012

Ottumwa man charged with attempted murder

Courier correspondent

SELMA — An Ottumwa man has been charged with attempted murder following a shooting incident over the weekend in Van Buren County.

Rusty E. Salter, 32, was charged with attempted murder, a Class B felony, and criminal mischief after the alleged incident in Selma Saturday afternoon.

According to complaints filed by the Van Buren County Sheriff, Salter visited “a friend” in Selma. An altercation ensued and Salter was allegedly assaulted.

Salter allegedly preceded to remove a rifle from his vehicle and fire multiple shots into the home of Randall Ray Ritz, 50, 11883 Bridge St., Selma.

Meanwhile, Randall’s brother, Richard Todd Ritz, 52, of Mustang, Okla., allegedly stepped outside of the house and “fired a warning shot in the air” with a .357 handgun.

Richard Ritz, 50, Selma, and Austin Lee Ritz, 29, Oklahoma City, Okla., were each arrested and charged with willful injury, a Class D felony. Richard Ritz was also charged with assault (display or use of weapon).

Randall R. Ritz was arrested for manufacturing marijuana and failure to affix drug stamp.

Salter is currently being held on a $50,000 bond. Randall Ritz is currently being held on a $5,000 bond. Both Richard Ritz and Austin Ritz were released after they posted $5,000 bonds.