The Ottumwa Courier

Ottumwa

February 22, 2013

First responders recall scene of shooting

Murder trial witnesses describe their arrival at the Techel home

(Continued)

OTTUMWA — Order of response in Techel case

The order of other events in the response to the home of the Techels, according to a squad car dash camera:

• The deputy was dispatched to a call of a female who was not breathing.

• The dispatcher then said it was a possible shooting. The deputy stopped at the bottom of the driveway and retrieved an assault rifle from a locked compartment in his squad car.

• The deputy arrived at the home and quickly scanned the  rural Agency house to make sure there were no armed assailants.

• When he saw a paramedic performing CPR by himself, he ran back to the car, put away his rifle, then ran back in to assist with the resuscitation effort.

• When they determined the victim was deceased, the deputy recovered his rifle and, with assistance from another deputy, began a more detailed search for a gunman or other hidden person.

 

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