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Ottumwa Police Shootout Deemed Justified in Fairfield Man’s Death

Posted: Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 6:26 am
Author: KCII News

A police-involved shooting that killed a Fairfield man in Ottumwa has been deemed justified.

According to Wapello County Attorney Gary E. Oldenburger at about 1:42 p.m. August 3rd the Ottumwa Police Department received a 911 call reporting that someone had been shot in the 800 block of South Lillian. The officers were informed that three male subjects dressed in dark clothing, wearing masks, and armed with rifles had shot a male victim. Officers located the injured male victim near the driveway of 831 South Lillian, and witnesses reported that the subjects ran in the direction of the Wapello County Rural Fire Department. Officers responded to the parking lot of the nearby Liberty Elementary School to intercept the subjects, one of which was armed with an AR-15 style rifle. The subjects were ordered to stop and drop their weapons. The subject with the rifle fired at least twice at a vehicle operated by Police Chief Tom McAndrew, shooting out one of the windows of his vehicle. Five officers then fired at the subjects. Two of the subjects, later identified as 32-year-old Michael Paul Bibby of Ottumwa and 35-year-old David Roy White of Fairfield, took cover in a soybean field south of the school. One or both of the subjects continued to fire at officers. White was ultimately killed and Bibby was injured. The third subject, 23-year-old Dalton Wayne Cook of Ottumwa, was later apprehended in a wooded area nearby. Bibby and Cook have each been charged with burglary in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, and six counts of attempt to commit murder. Oldenburger stated that the actions of the responding officers were absolutely necessary to eliminate the threat the subjects posed to them, their fellow officers, students and staff in the school, and residents in the surrounding neighborhood. Having acted in a legally justified manner, none of the officers involved are subject to any criminal charges related to this incident.