Identification Made in Shooting Incident in Ottumwa

OTTUMWA-An Ottumwa man has been identified in a self-inflicted shooting incident that took place this morning, Monday, February 13th.

A press release made available by Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew stated,

“On Monday, February 13, 2017, at approximately 10:36 a.m., the Ottumwa Police Department responded to the area of Jay Street and Morrell Drive, after receiving a report that Zachary Lee Davidson, age 22, of Ottumwa, was walking in the area.  Davidson had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Police arrived and located Davidson walking on Jay Street.  Davidson then ran from officers to a residential yard near the intersection of Ogden and Ash Street.

Davidson then produced a firearm from his person and subsequently shot himself in his head.  Ottumwa Police and Fire personnel immediately began lifesaving measures on Davidson.  Davidson was transported to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center, and later to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa where he remains in critical condition.

This incident remains under investigation.”

Davidson was the subject of a press release sent out last week by the OPD as well.  Officers were asking the public to assist in locating Davidson because he currently had an active warrant.  That article may be found here



OTTUMWA-A call to Ottumwa Police during the late morning of Monday, February 13th has led to a shooting.

Ottumwa Police Department responded this morning to a call of a suspicious person in the area of Ash and Ogden Streets, near Wilson Elementary School.  When police responded they found a male walking down an alley in the area.  As Officers approached the unidentified male, he pulled a hand gun from his pocket and shot himself in the head.

First Responders were immediately dispatched and began life-saving efforts on the man.  Emergency scanner traffic indicated that at the time he was being transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center, he still had a pulse.

At this time the incident is still being investigated.  No further information is being made available.  The man’s identity and condition are unknown at this time.  No Officers discharged their weapons during the incident.