Oelwein Man Suspected In Shooting Dies At Hospital

Law enforcement officers with the Oelwein police department, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, the Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation investigate the scene where two people were shot at a house at 170 Tenth Avenue NW, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Oelwein, Iowa. According to the Oelwein police department, the shootings happened about 6:50am and the two individuals were taken to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)


By Richard Pratt

OELWEIN, Iowa -- The Oelwein man suspected of shooting his wife, then injuring himself at the couple's home Tuesday morning, has died, officials said Thursday.

Myron D. Meador, 44, was pronounced dead at around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, where he was transferred after the shooting.

Meador's wife, Niki J. Meador, 38, remains hospitalized. Officials said no information was available on her condition.

A release from the Oelwein Police Department said police received a 911 call of a possible shooting in the 100 block of 10th Avenue NW just before 7 a.m.. Tuesday. The release said there was active gunfire inside the house when officers arrived on scene.

Shortly after officers began engaging with those in the house, the police chief said Myron Meador left the home.

Meador was detained and taken to Oelwein Mercy Hospital to receive medical treatment for what police called "self-inflicted" injuries.

Oelwein Police Chief Jeremy Logan said Niki Meador was found in the house.

“She had been shot multiple times," Chief Logan said.

Niki Meador was also taken to Oelwein Mercy Hospital and later transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by air.

Police had issued a warrant for the arrest of Myron Meador for attempted murder, and said more charges were pending.

Residents in Oelwein said they were shocked when they heard about the double shooting.

"I just think it is kind of bizarre because you don’t get that stuff happen very much around here," said Oelwein resident Clark Moser.
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