UPDATE: Authorities Investigate Shooting at West Union Hospital

by Larry Burkum, KCRG-TV9

WEST UNION, Iowa — State authorities are investigating a Saturday morning shooting at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union.

According to a Fayette County Sheriff’s Office news release, at 8:30 a.m. a deputy removed handcuffs from one hand of a jail inmate at the hospital for treatment. The inmate attacked the deputy and grabbed the deputy’s gun, demanding to be released.

The deputy deployed a non-lethal device at the inmate, who then shot the deputy, according to the release. The inmate then fatally shot himself.

The release said the deputy was wearing a bullet proof vest, but was treated and released for a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Authorities have not released the names of the deputy or inmate. The sheriff’s office has turned the investigation over to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

At 3:30 p.m. Palmer Lutheran Health Center said the hospital was no longer under limited access protocols.

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