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Estherville man in jail after standoff

By Staff | May 2, 2014

WALLINGFORD?- Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens reports that an Estherville man is in custody on multiple charges following a short standoff with law enforcement officials Tuesday.

According to Martens, the sheriff’s office received a call from a Wallingford citizen at 3:01 p.m. reporting a man with a gun in the driveway at 208 N. Third St. in Wallingford. The man was identified as Dennis Ray Williams, 22, of 706 S. 14th St., Estherville. Upon officers making contact with Williams he was found to be armed with a 12-gauge shotgun.

After approximately 20 minutes of speaking with an Iowa State Patrol negotiator, Williams surrendered to officers on the scene. Upon further investigation at the scene by the sheriff’s office Williams was charged with: going armed with intent (a class D felony), carrying weapons (an aggravated misdemeanor), stalking (an aggravated misdemeanor) and first-degree harassment.

Following an appearance before Magistrate Judge David Forsyth, Williams remains in custody in the Emmet County Jail with bail set at $11,000 cash only. Also assisting at the scene were the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.