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More charges filed in Wednesday’s shooting incident

By Staff | Nov 20, 2016

by Amy H. Peterson

Staff Writer

With information from Estherville Police Department official reports

Late Wednesday afternoon, police were called to the 500 block of South 11th street after a call of someone who had been shot.

Officers who responded to the scene located a victim who advised the he was driving down the street and was shot at. The victim’s vehicle sustained gunfire damage, and the victim had minor injuries.

The victim identified the suspect’s location. Emmet County dispatch requested all officers report to the location. Numerous law enforcement vehicles parked behind Randy’s Body Shop on South Fifth Ave. The High Risk Arrest and Entry Team (HEAT)? vehicle and a rapid deployment vehicle were also sent to the location.

Responding officers established a perimeter to contain the suspect. During the investigation, several witnesses assisted with crucial information. One neighbortold the Estherville News he had heard three shots before the call came in, but he disregarded them as possibly coming from a nail gun, as a neighbor had been doing repair work on his house.

Another neighbor said the suspect has been acting erratically in the days before the shooting.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Department, Emmet County Conservation Officers, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Patrol Motor Vehicle Officers, the Armstrong Police Department and the Estherville Ambulance arrived on the scene. The victim was treated by ambulance personnel on the scene and released.

A Crisis Negotiation Team from the HEAT Unit was able to make contact with the suspect and talk him into surrendering. The suspect, identified as 54-year-old Christopher Anderson of Estherville, and another person in the residence were taken into custody without incident.

Anderson was charged Wednesday with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, a class C felony; reckless use of a firearm, a class D felony; and discharging a firearm within the city limits of Estherville, a simple misdemeanor.

Thursday, an additional charge of Threat of Terrorism, a Class D?Felony was added, arising from an incident Tuesday in which Anderson allegedly called Dakota Pack’s answering machine and left messages threatening violence toward Hispanics. Anderson was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at Avera Holy Family Hospital.

Bond in the shooting case was set at $15,000 cash. Bond in the threat of terrorism case is set at $5,000 cash.

Anderson does not have any prior felonies in the State of Iowa, and a brief record of simple misdemeanors, except for a 2014 conviction of first degree harassment.

Anderson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. in the Emmet County Courthouse.