Man Tells Allamakee County Officials He Shot Girlfriend

Christopher Thompson

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By Richard Pratt

MONONA, Iowa - New details were released today in the shooting death of 40-year-old Angela Gable in rural Allamakee County late Saturday night.

According to court documents, the woman’s boyfriend, Christopher Thompson, 33, fired two gunshots from a .22 caliber rifle. Thompson, who is charged with first-degree murder, then is believed by authorities to have called 911 and admitting “he and his girlfriend got in a fight and he shot her." Thompson agreed later to speak to officers and admitted shooting Gable twice.

Court documents filed this morning say Gable was found in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked in front of a rural home at 292 Watson Road in Allamakee County.

The shooting took place just before midnight in an isolated area, near the border with Clayton County.

Gable and Thompson were living together and have an eight-month-old child, according to authorities. Thompson told police the altercation late Saturday was both verbal and physical and that the couple had been having problems for about four months. He told police he had been repeatedly asking Gable to leave.

According to the court documents, Thompson and Gable were arguing outside after Gable got into a parked car. Thompson then went into an upstairs bedroom and got a rifle. He then told police he went outside and shot Gable from a wooden deck attached to the house.

“The defendant stated he then walked to the driver's site of the vehicle,” court documents say. “The defendant observed the victim to be alive at this time. The defendant stated that he then fired a second shot that struck the victim in the head. The defendant stated that he fired the second shot to put the victim out of her misery so that she didn’t suffer.”

After calling 911, Thompson came outside holding the infant and a short standoff ensued with authorities arriving at the home. Thompson surrendered peacefully to Allamakee County deputies, who also took the infant. The infant was unharmed and released to family members.

Thompson made an initial appearance on the first-degree murder charge on Sunday in Allamakee County court. He was ordered jailed without bond.

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